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Plantar Wart Treatment

A plantar wart is a small growth that appears on the sole of the foot, commonly in areas that experience pressure such as the heel or ball of the foot. Caused by the human papillomavirus (HPV), plantar warts can be painful and may spread if not treated promptly.

Causes of Plantar Warts:

Plantar warts are caused by direct contact with HPV, which can be contracted from surfaces like gym floors, swimming pools, or shared footwear. Individuals with weakened immune systems are more susceptible to developing plantar warts.



Diagnosis involves a thorough examination of the foot and may include:


Treatment options for plantar warts include:


In severe cases where other treatments have failed, surgical removal of the wart may be considered. However, surgery carries risks like infection and scarring, which should be discussed with your healthcare provider.


To minimize the risk of developing plantar warts, it’s important to take several precautionary measures. Avoid walking barefoot in public areas such as gyms and swimming pools, where the virus is more likely to be present. Always keep your feet clean and dry, as moisture can create an environment where the virus can thrive. Using antiviral sprays in your shoes can also offer an additional layer of protection. Lastly, refrain from sharing footwear with others, as this can be a direct route for viral transmission.

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