A plantar wart is a hard, grainy growth that usually appears on the bottom of the foot, in areas where the most pressure is absorbed. Because they are spread through viral infections, those with weakened immune systems, such as children and senior citizens are more likely to develop these warts. While most warts are visible, some plantar warts grow inwards due to too much pressure and form a callus.
The two most common types of plantar warts include:
Solitary wart: When there is just one single wart that increases in size and may develop into additional “satellite” warts.
Mosaic wart: In some cases, multiple warts cluster together in one area—these warts are usually more difficult to treat.
While most cases of plantar warts can go away on their own with time, most people want faster relief. The goal of podiatric treatment for plantar warts is to completely remove the wart, not cover it up. There are over-the-counter treatments available—through these often require multiple treatments and are still ineffective.
When self-care and home remedies fail, visit our podiatrist. Our doctors may recommend conservative, non-invasive treatments.