Warts on Feet
Plantar warts appear anywhere on the foot. They may feel like a lump under the foot and are usually only painful with direct weight to the area or when pressure is applied from either side. If left untreated plantar warts can increase in size and spread to form clusters on other areas of the feet. They are caused by the human papilloma virus.
Anyone can have a wart, but warts occur more frequently in children and the elderly. Symptoms of warts include:
- A circular area or clusters of thick, raised tissue
- Pain when squeezed or stepped on
- Tiny black dots (dried blood)
Warts can go away of their own accord but it will take a very long time so it is important to seek treatment. There are many DIY options available from the pharmacy. These can be often ineffective and sometimes dangerous if not used correctly. Your Podiatrist can discuss the many treatment options available. Treatments include: acid treatments, Laser therapy, freezing (cryotherapy), immune-stimulation therapy and minor surgery.