Warts on the foot are growths on the skin caused by a virus called Human Papillomavirus (HPV). Plantar warts are the term for those found on the foot and they may be either single warts or a collection of warts covering a large area termed mosaic warts. They are not always painful but may be if they are underneath an area subjected to high pressure such as the ball of the foot and the heel. The virus causes thickening of the top layer of skin and are often mistaken for a corn or callous. Warts are usually aquired from person-to-person contact. The virus is not highly contagious but may cause an infection by entering though a small break in the skin.
Warts are known for being difficult to eradicate as they live in essentially dead layers of skin where there are no cells that detect infection to start the immune response and fight the virus.
The choice will depend on how painful the wart is, the location and size of the wart / warts and the age of the patient. Below are the wart treatment options offered at Lefort Podiatry: