The Truth About Plantar Warts: Understanding and Prevention

Plantar warts are stubborn foot afflictions caused by the Human Papillomavirus (HPV), appearing mainly on the soles or heels. These warts are not only a cosmetic concern but can also be painful, impacting daily activities.


Callus or plantar wart under foot, rear view


Do Plantar Warts Have a Root?

A common myth is that plantar warts, caused by the human papillomavirus (HPV), have roots. In reality, what appears as “roots” are the blood vessels feeding the wart. Warts grow into the skin, making them seem deeply rooted, but they do not extend into the body like plant roots.

Are Plantar Warts Contagious?

Yes, plantar warts can spread through direct contact with HPV. This virus thrives in warm, moist environments such as public pools or showers, making it easily transmissible. However, susceptibility varies, and not everyone exposed to HPV will develop warts.

Understanding plantar warts and their potential discomfort is crucial, but knowing the treatment options can pave the way for effective relief. From salicylic acid topical applications that gradually peel away the wart layer by layer to cryotherapy, which freezes the wart and causing it to fall off, the treatments aim to eradicate the virus at its source. For persistent cases, laser treatment or surgical removal might be recommended. Consulting with a podiatry specialist will help determine the most suitable approach based on the wart’s characteristics and your overall health.

If you’re dealing with plantar warts or just looking to protect your feet from potential outbreaks, don’t hesitate. Schedule your appointment here and take the first step towards healthy, virus-free feet or call us at 314-207-7280 to discuss your treatment options


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