What’s a Plantar Wart?

Ever discover something new on your body and you panic, unsure of what to do? Your skin is a fascinating organ and can develop growths and changes in color and texture in response to a variety of factors, often without your noticing. People are frequently worried when they discover a skin growth like plantar warts, but with proper care and a visit to a dermatologist, many are treatable.

What is a plantar wart?

A plantar wart is a benign skin growth on the bottom of the feet that is caused by a viral infection of human papillomavirus (HPV) infecting the top layer of skin. Plantar warts can have any of the following characteristics:

  • Small, tough grainy growth
  • Thickened skin like a callus growing over a defined area
  • May have a small black dot (made up of clotted blood vessels)
  • Tenderness during weight bearing activities

Warts can be spread through small cuts or scrapes especially in the presence of a warm, moist environment. They can be common in people with weaker immune systems like children and the elderly.

How is it treated?

The first step in treatment is to get an accurate diagnosis from a dermatologist who can differentiate between a callus, wart, corn, or other skin growth. Although warts can resolve on their own, if a plantar wart is causing discomfort or pain, a dermatologist can help remove it safely and effectively through cryotherapy (freezing), prescription medications, laser treatment or surgery.

If you’re unsure if you have a plantar wart, or for treatment options consult with our skin, hair, and nail specialist Dr. Juan Vaillant at Old Bridge Dermatology! Dr. Vaillant has been treating a variety of common conditions such as acne, dandruff, eczema, skin cancer, age spots, psoriasis, and hair loss for over 30 years. Equipped with specialties in dermatology and clinical and anatomic pathology, Dr. Vaillant provides caring, individualized treatment for patients of all ages. Call our Old Bridge, NJ office at (732) 679-0222 for an appointment!