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Plantar Warts


Plantar warts occur on the sole of the foot. They canbe very painful because the entire weight of the body presses against them whenwalking. Plantar warts are usually rough with hard calluses around the painful wart. The center of thewart has small pinpoint spots, these arethe small capillaries that supply blood to the wart. Scraping the wart maycause bleeding because of these smallblood vessels.


Warts are benign growths that can occur anywhere on theskin. Normally, antibodies in the blood kill the virus. Some people are moresusceptible to warts than other mainly because there feet sweat a lot.

A plantar wart is similar in structure to an iceberg, about 1/3 of its size is on the surface ofthe skin and remaining 2/3 is under the skin in the epidermal layer of skin.Warts are very superficial and don't go deep into the foot.


  • NON-PAINFUL WARTS — Try to keep the feet as dry as possible, many of these viruses will diewithin a year or so.
  • OTC TREATMENTS — Manytimes people try acid medication and duck tape generally this doesn't help muchbecause of the depth of the wart.
  • EXCISION OF PAINFUL WART — In this technique , we numb the area of the wart and remove it and use a chemical after removal to ensure the virus is killed. Healing time is short but the area is sore for about a week.
  • LASER TREATMENT — In this technique, we use a laser to kill the blood supply to the wartwithout having to remove them, this allows for no down time. Sometimes we need to numb the wart area before laserization. Success is over 80%.


Warts canregrow this indicates the virus is still present. If this occurs you need to see us a soon as possible to prevent possible spreading of the warts.

Plantar Wart Treatment