Plantar Warts

Often mistaken for corns or calluses, warts are raised skin growths that appear when a viral infection penetrates small cuts or abrasions. If left untreated, warts may grow to an inch or more in circumference, or spread into clusters. They most often occur in children or teenagers.

Plantar Warts grow on the soles of the feet. Unlike regular warts, plantar warts are flat and hard, with a rough surface and defined boundaries. They may also be very painful.

Causes

Plantar Warts are contracted by walking on barefoot on dirty surfaces. The virus thrives in warm, moist environments such as those found in locker rooms and by public pools. It also spreads through through contact with infected skin.

Treatments

Warts are resilient and difficult to cure completely. Most over-the-counter options are ineffective and may inadvertently destroy healthy tissue surrounding the wart.

Depending on the details of the case, Dr. Marso may employ a variety of professional treatments ranging from prescription ointments to (in the most severe cases) laser cautery.