Warts on feet

Foot warts, also known as plantar warts, are caused by the human papillomavirus. HPV is everywhere. It can be spread from person to person.

 

But coming into contact with surfaces that can harbor the virus can also infect you. These include warm, damp places, like the inside of your shoe or the floor of a public pool, gym or shower room. The virus often incubates for a period of weeks or months. But once this period is over, a single wart or even a cluster of warts can appear at any time. The good news is that the older you get, the less likely you are to develop new warts. This is due to your body’s increased immune response to the HPV virus over time.

Plantar warts are flat and rough and usually have very distinct edges. They’re fleshy or brownish in colour and they have small black spots in the center. The black dots are the ends of dried up blood vessels.

Because warts live off our blood they take longer to heal and patience is required where a corn can be often got rid of in a few days. Warts need to be treated with a strong treatment that not only removes the wart but also kills the root of the plantar wart for good.

Toe warts

Toe warts are part of the human papilloma family and like corns they grow inwards in your foot and toes. Toe warts are a type of plantar warts. Plantar warts suck into your blood system so they can live happily and for a long time, as they love warm feet.

Plantar warts are heavily calloused and the wart has a cauliflower like appearance with lots of black spots within the wart. They bleed easily and the callous build up can make the plantar wart uncomfortable to walk on.

Foot warts

Plantar warts and verrucas are a type of wart that affect the bottom of the feet. Pressure makes them to grow inward. Plantar warts suck into your blood system so they can live happily and for a long time and they love warm feet.

Warts occur in a variety of shapes and sizes. A wart may appear as a bump with a rough surface on the toe, or it may be flatter like plantar warts. Plantar warts can develop on any part of the foot. As the callus and wart get larger, walking can become painful, much like walking with a pebble in your shoe. When pressure from standing or walking pushes a plantar wart beneath the skin's surface, a layer of thick, tough skin, similar to a callus develops over it. Sometimes dark specks are visible beneath the surface of the wart. Warts cover the lines and creases in the skin, this is one way to tell a wart from other skin conditions, such as skin tags or moles.

Because warts live off our blood, they take longer to heal and patience is required where a corn can be often got rid of in a few days. Warts need to be treated with a strong treatment that not only removes the wart but also kills the root of the plantar wart for good.

Always wear flip flops in common used areas like gyms, swimming pools and changing rooms to prevent contamination.

Verruca

The term ‘plantar warts’ is used for those warts that occur under the bottom of feet. The bottom of your foot is its ‘plantar’ surface. These warts are also called verrucas.

Plantar warts are sometimes located on the heel and toes. Verrucas look like hard, thick patches of skin with dark specks. They usually grow back into the skin because the weight of the person, that pushes the warts onto the sole of the foot. Foot warts can be painful, especially when present on weight-bearing areas of the foot during standing and walking. It is common for verrucas to have clotted blood vessels appearing as black dot in the middle, with a surrounding hard, white area.

Plantar warts (also called verrucas) include one or more tender inwardly growing ‘myrmecia’ on the sole of the foot.