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What is a plantar wart? A plantar wart is a thick, rough skin growth on the bottom of your foot. Plantar warts are benign (not cancer).
What causes a plantar wart? It is caused by human papillomavirus (HPV). HPV is a germ that spreads through direct contact. It usually enters the skin through cuts or scratches on the bottom of your feet. You may get a plantar wart if you touch someone else’s wart.
What increases my risk for a plantar wart? They occur more often in children and young adults. People with a weakened immune system are also at higher risk. Your risk is increased if you walk barefoot. It is also increased if your feet touch warm, moist areas, such as a shower stall or locker room.
What are the signs and symptoms of a plantar wart? Plantar warts most commonly form on pressure points, such as the heel or ball of your foot.
You may have any of the following:
- A flat, gray, brown, or flesh-colored growth
- Black dots in the center of your wart
- One wart or a cluster of them
- A Small wart that grows in size
- Pain or tenderness when you walk or stand
How is a plantar wart treated? Your wart may go away on its own. You may need several treatments over weeks to months before its cured.
How can I prevent another plantar wart?
- Wash your hands: Wash your hands before and after you touch your wart.
- Avoid direct contact with warts: Do not scratch or pick at your wart. Do not touch someone else’s wart.
- Do not walk barefoot in public places: Wear shower shoes or sandals in warm, damp areas. This includes showers and swimming areas.
- Keep your feet clean and dry: Change socks often to avoid damp feet. If your shoes are damp from sweat, set them in a place where they can dry out before you wear them again. Treat your shoes and socks with an anti-fungal disinfectant.
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