Plantar Warts Cause Foot Pain

If you’ve never had a plantar wart before, the first time can be quite disturbing because you often cannot see the actual wart since it is frequently completely covered by the skin on the bottom of your foot, and it may cause extreme pain and discomfort. These warts are caused by the human papillomavirus which is a very common virus that can be picked up from public places, so always protect your feet when entering locker rooms, showers, and pool areas to avoid contact with the virus that causes warts.

They are called plantar warts because they grow in the first layers of skin above the plantar fascia, which is the band of tissue that runs along the bottom of your foot from your heel bone to your toes, helping to support your arch. A plantar wart will feel like a small bump under your skin and can be extremely painful when you walk. It is best to seek the expertise of your skin care professional in trying to remove any embedded warts that can be difficult to treat without causing unnecessary bleeding and pain.

Treatment options for the removal of plantar warts include cryotherapy (freezing with liquid nitrogen), laser removal, powerful prescription medications, and surgery.

Visible warts on your feet can be easily identified by their rough, grainy appearance. They may also contain a tiny black dot in the center which is actually caused by clotted blood vessels. Warts can be spread through small scrapes and cuts, and they tend to affect children and the elderly due to their often underdeveloped or weakened immune systems.

If you need help diagnosing and removing a plantar wart, seek the assistance of your skin care professional. Dr. Juan Vaillant of Old Bridge Dermatology has been treating patients for hair, skin, and nail problems for over 30 years, and has the extensive background needed to help address a variety of dermatological issues. Dr. Vaillant has successfully treated acne, eczema, dandruff, hair loss, psoriasis, and nail fungus. If you are looking for an amiable, highly skilled dermatologist, call our office in Old Bridge, NJ at (732) 679-0222 and make an appointment.