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Plantar Warts

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Verruca plantaris, warts, or Verruca


  • Plantar Warts are viral tumors on the sole of the feet, which are rough, round-oval skin growths.  They can be lighter or darker than their surroundings.  They range from brown to gray or even black, often with a few pinpoint marks in the center.
  • The Warts are often raised and spongy, but on the soles of the feet they tend to be flat and scaly.
  • They can be painful and unappealing.

  • Cosmetically not appealing
  • Pain upon running, walking, or standing
  • Bleeding if scratched
  • Bleeding can shed the virus and other growths appear

  • Virus infection:
    1. Papillomavirus (HPV) -- enters through a cut or skin erosion
    2. Virus is usually present in warm and moist surfaces, such as shower rooms, locker rooms, and swimming pools.  The body attacks the virus by forming an antibody (natural body's defense system) against it, which kills the virus.
    3. If the virus cannot be killed, it will form a wart and live inside where it can stay for 1-2 years or longer.
    4. Warts can grow up to 2-3 cm.

  • Exam by a doctor or foot specialist (Podiatrist) is often enough to diagnose.

  • Public Locker rooms, swimming pools, and shower rooms
  • Patient with weakened immune system (body's defenses):
    1. AIDS
    2. Cancer
    3. On powerful drugs or medications (cancer drugs)
    4. Skin injury
  • Skin diseases:
    1. Atopic Dermatitis
    2. Eczema

  • Usually disappear on their own in 1-2 years
  • Other options:
    1. Hyperthermia -- soak wart in 45(C water three times a week for 30 minutes
    2. Cryotherapy -- freezing them with a cold solution such as Sodium nitride administered by doctor
    3. Electrocautery -- uses a laser to burn the wart
    4. Debridement -- the doctor uses a sharp scalpel to remove the wart
    5. Immunotherapy -- topical chemicals rubbed in for 2-3 weeks cause an allergic reaction, which results in the wart falling off.
  • Medications:
    1. Duofilm -- lactic-salicylic acid treatment that is applied to the wart daily for 3 months
    2. Salicylic acid treatments are also used daily for about 6 weeks.
    3. Cantharidin and Podophyllin are also used for treatment.
    4. Retin-A topical creams such as Tretinoin for 4-6 weeks are good treatment for flat Warts.

  • Consult your physician.  Do not scratch or pick at the wart.  Try water therapy and the over-the-counter treatments.


  • Corns
  • Scars
  • Skin cancer
  • Trauma




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