Warts are small growths that may occur anywhere on
the body. Plantar is a term derived from a Latin phrase which means the
sole of the foot. Plantar warts therefore are those that occur on the
soles of the feet.
Warts are caused by your body’s reaction to a viral infection that
penetrates the skin of the foot. Once there it may remain for many
months before causing the development of the wart itself. Because of the
pressure of body weight during walking, plantar warts tend to grow
inward and develop hard callused tissue over them. Therefore they often
are confused with corns or calluses.
Warts contain many blood vessels and nerve endings, and can bleed
profusely when cut. It is recommended that you never attempt to cut or
trim a wart. Pressure against the nerve endings can produce considerable
Warts can spread from one part of your body to another and may occur
singularly or in clusters, and range in size from a small pinhead to
larger than a half dollar.
Warts occur more commonly in younger age groups. It seems a certain
degree of resistance or immunity is acquired by adulthood. Certain
persons are more prone to develop warts, and it appears to be related to
their general body defense mechanisms and immunity status.
The best treatment for plantar warts destroys the wart with little or no
pain, encourages the body’s immune response and allows the skin and
tissues of the foot to heal unchanged at the end of treatment. Many
chemicals and acids can stimulate this response. Warts also can be
destroyed by freezing with dry ice or liquid nitrogen, or by laser or
surgical removal. In general it is best to avoid surgical removal on the
ball of the foot or the heel, since this may produce a permanent painful
scar. Effective treatment depends on some help from the body’s immune
In children, the least painful treatment usually is employed first. If
the warts are resistant, it may take several treatments to destroy them.
This still is preferable to surgical excision, which may result in
permanent painful scar tissue.
It is best to discuss the method of treatment available with your
podiatrist, since each case may have special requirements.
We make it easy to find out which method of podiatric treatment may be
best for your plantar warts. Here's how.....
The physicians and staff of the A Step Ahead Foot & Ankle Centers
maintain two complete podiatric clinical facilities and provide
24-hour emergency service. We participate in most health plans including
Blue Cross / Blue Shield, Medicare, and Medicaid. We complete and file
all necessary insurance forms and make every effort to assure you of
maximum benefits with minimum out-of-pocket expense.
You are invited to make an appointment today to relieve your foot
problems by calling us at 970-493-4660 or 970-667-0769.