Plantar warts are benign (noncancerous) growths that occur on the sole (plantar surface), heel, or ball of the foot. Pressure from standing and walking often causes them to grow into deep layers of the skin.
The human papilloma virus (HPV) causes several different types of warts, which are the most common type of skin infection. In some cases, the HPV virus dies within 1 or 2 years, and warts simply disappear. Podiatrists may recommend having plantar warts removed because they often are irritating and painful.
Signs & Symptoms of Plantars Warts:
- Plantar warts may cause pain on the bottom of the foot.
- Patients often feel a “lump” on the bottom of the foot when standing, similar to having a stone in the shoe.
- Pressure from standing and walking prevents plantar warts from rising above the skin surface
- Plantars Warts cause a change in gait or posture that results in leg or back pain.
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