Warts that occur on the bottom of your feet are called plantar warts. Often they occur on areas of the foot that experience the most pressure, such as the ball of your foot or the heel. Because of the increased pressure to those areas from walking and physical activity, plantar warts in these areas often penetrate deep into the tissue and can be very painful. Warts are caused by a virus known as Human Papilloma Virus or HPV. They can be spread in moist environments such as public showers, locker rooms, and swimming areas, but not everyone who comes in contact with a plantar wart will develop one.

Diagnosis

Your podiatrist will diagnosis a plantar wart based on physical exam and description of symptoms.

Treatment

At Total Foot Health, we provide a range of therapies to treat plantar warts. Our therapies include:

  • Debridement
  • Liquid Nitrogen Therapy (Cryotherapy)
  • Salicylic Acid Therapy
  • Silver Nitrate Therapy
  • Cantharidin Therapy

Without Treatment

Sometimes plantar warts go away on their own if left untreated. However, many warts can become increasingly larger and more painful and can begin to multiply into clusters of warts called mosaic warts. Walking and running will become difficult in these situations.