What are Warts?

Warts are caused by a virus that invades the skin through a small cut or break.  They can appear anywhere on the skin, but plantar warts are only found on the feet.  Children, teenagers, young adults, allergy sufferers, and those with a weakened immune system are most vulnerable to warts.  Plantar warts may appear as spongy, or hard and flat, have a rough surface, may be gray or brown in color and they often have tiny red, brown or black spots.  They can be painful, resistance to treatment, and have a tendency to reoccur. 

Causes of Warts

The virus causing plantar warts is often contracted by walking barefoot on a dirty moist surface.  They can be spread by touching, scratching, or by contact with skin shed from another wart. 

Treatment of Warts

Treatment options depend on the severity of the warts.  It is typically not advised to administer self-treatment without the advice of a physician.  They will be able to determine the severity of the wart and come up with a treatment plan for your individual needs.  Options include applying a topical acidic medication, a surgical procedure called curettage, which is done with local anesthetic, or laser surgery. 

Prevention of Warts

Prevention is the key to outbreaks.  Wear thongs or sandals on moist surfaces such as by a pool or in a gym locker room.  Change your shoes and socks daily.  Keep your feet clean and dry.  Check children’s feet often.  Avoid direct contact with warts and do not ignore any changes or growths on your body.