What are Plantar Warts?
Plantar warts are one of the most common types of warts, which appear on the feet, usually on the soles or the heels. Since feet feel the most pressure, plantar warts are painful and hinder activities like walking and running. Also, due to the pressure, the warts may grow inwards, under the skin, instead of appearing on it. Like common warts, plantar warts are caused by human papilloma virus that enters the skin through cuts and cracks, or weak spots like the balls of your feet.
Plantar warts aren't usually anything serious and have no chance of turning cancerous like other warts, but they do cause pain and discomfort. You can try home remedies like apple cider vinegar, baking soda and aloe Vera, but if nothing works for you, you can refer to a doctor to have them surgically removed.
There are various types of the HPV virus that cause warts of different types and in different areas. Other types of HPV may cause warts on your face, arms, legs, and even genital areas. Since everyone has a different immune system, how one virus affects another person may be different. The effect is even different among close family members, but remains the same on that person. Hence, the HPV that causes planter warts isn't highly contagious, and the warts cannot be transmitted easily from one person to another. However, the virus grows in warm and moist environments so it is better if you avoid walking barefoot in public rooms, swimming pools, locker rooms etc. If the virus from one of your warts spreads on your skin, it may cause more warts to appear.
A plantar wart is small and rough, and appears as a fleshy, grainy growth on the bottom of the door. If it is grown inwards, it will have a thick layer of skin called a callus over a dark spot of the skin, which is actually the wart. It may also appear as a small black pinpoint, which is known as a wart seed but it actually a clotted blood vessel, which appears between the lines on the skin of your feet. If you feel pain, tenderness or soreness while walking, you may want to see a doctor for it.
You need to take a plantar wart seriously and consult a doctor if the wart changes color or shape, or if the pain and discomfort is really affecting your daily activities like simply walking. A doctor should also be visited immediately if you have diabetes and poor sensation in your feet, to have the wart removed and treatment supervised. If you have treated the wart or tried wart treatment at home and the pain and wart don't go away, or if you have HIV/AID or any other disorders that weaken your immune system, refer to a doctor immediately. Also, be careful that the lesion you feel is a wart and nothing else before trying home remedies and treating it yourself.
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