While warts are embarrassing and sometimes even painful, they aren’t all that uncommon, particularly among children and teenagers. Most people have experienced one at some point or another, usually as a child as they are commonly passed along in communal areas like schools and locker rooms. Thankfully most warts, including plantar warts which occur on the foot, are relatively harmless, but they do have the power to make us feel very self conscious.
So what can be done about plantar warts and how do we avoid them? Let’s learn about what causes them and the best forms of treatment available…
What are Plantar Warts?
Before we dive into the specifics, let’s first define what a plantar wart is. Health.com points out that the word “plantar” means “bottom surface” and refers to the fact that they appear on the bottom of the foot. Usually in a weight-bearing area like the heels, but they can also occur on top of the foot. They are caused by a viral infection in the top layer of the skin, explains WebMD.
Anyone who has a plantar wart will know because they look like a fleshy, abnormal (noncancerous) growth that can also appear grainy with black pinpoints which are sometimes referred to as wart seeds, but they are actually clotted blood vessels, says the Mayo Clinic. Because they grow in weight-bearing areas of the foot, they tend to grow inward underneath a thick layer of callus skin. “Most plantar warts aren’t a serious health concern and usually go away without treatment,” writes the source.