Plantar Warts

What is a plantar wart?

The Human Papilloma Virus, or HPV, commonly causes infection on the feet and these areas of infection is seen as the condition known as verrucae pedis, or ‘warts’.

The bottom surface of the foot is the plantar surface, therefore verrucae on the bottom surface of the foot are called plantar warts, often mispronounced plantars or planters warts.

The virus invades the skin layers and causes visible lesions to appear on the skin, but lesions are not always confined to the underside of the foot and can develop on the ends of toes, between toes or even on the top of the foot.

In some cases these do not hurt and resolve without the need for treatment, however in other cases verrucae and plantar warts can cause pain or continue to grow or spread therefore treatment is often sought.

Foot specialists/chiropodists are usually able to offer a range of advice for people with verrucae and plantar warts. Common treatments that some people may experience include the use of treatments at home, topical treatments, laser treatment/surgery, surgical techniques are among the myriad of other treatments available.