Plantar Warts

What are Plantar Warts?

Plantar warts are noncancerous skin growths caused by the human papillomavirus (HPV) on the soles of the feet. They often develop on pressure points, such as the heels or balls of your feet.

What are common signs and symptoms of Plantar Warts?

  • A small, grainy growth on the bottom of your foot
  • Hard, thickened skin (callus) over a well-defined “spot” on the skin, where a wart has grown inward
  • Black pinpoints, which are commonly called wart seeds but are actually small, clotted blood vessels
  • Pain or tenderness when walking or standing

Plantar Warts FAQ

The virus enters your body through tiny cuts, breaks, or other weak spots on the bottom of your feet. Plantar warts are often contracted in warm, moist environments like shower floors, swimming pools, or locker rooms.

Yes, plantar warts can spread from person to person by direct contact or by touching surfaces contaminated with HPV.

Swift Microwave Therapy has been found to be one of the most effective treatments for plantar warts. This innovative technology uses microwave energy to precisely target and destroy the HPV virus within the wart, promoting a rapid and effective healing process without damaging the surrounding skin.

Other treatments include:

  • Salicylic acid
  • Cryotherapy
  • Laser treatments
  • Surgical removal
  • Prescription medications

The duration varies; some warts may disappear in a few months, while others may take years. Treatment can help eliminate the wart more quickly but does not always prevent recurrence.

Consult a healthcare provider if the wart is painful, changes in appearance or color, interferes with your daily activities, if you have tried treating the wart but it persists, spreads, or recurs, or if you have a weakened immune system.

For a proper diagnosis and recommended treatment plan, we suggest you consult with a podiatrist for professional help and care.