Skin Growths on Your Soles Are Not Always Calluses!

Did you know warts also can be found on your feet?

Warts are slow-growing skin growths resulting from infection with the human papilloma virus. They can appear anywhere on the body but when found on the soles are properly called plantar warts. In medical terms, warts are known as verrucae. Children and teenagers are more commonly affected with plantar warts than adults.

Plantar warts are usually small growths on the soles of the feet that are hard and flat with a rough surface. If left untreated, they can grow as much as an inch or more in circumference. If they grow on the weight-bearing areas of the feet, they can cause sharp burning pain as well as discomfort during walking.

Most warts are benign, or harmless, and are limited only to small growths on the skin. They are often mistaken for corns or calluses. However, some harmful conditions can be mistaken for a wart, for example melanoma, a form of skin cancer.

Plantar warts are spread by direct contact with infected skin, walking barefoot in dirty areas, bathing barefoot in communal bathing areas or coming in contact with skin shed from infected feet. They can be very difficult to treat and have a tendency to recur. Self-treatment is not advisable, and it is best to see a podiatrist right away. A podiatrist can prescribe medications or perform simple surgical procedures in order to remove the warts.

This information is intended for educational and informational purposes only. It should not be used in place of an individual consultation or examination or replace the advice of your healthcare professional and should not be relied upon to determine diagnosis or course of treatment.

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