Plantar Warts
Friday, April 3, 2009

Plantar warts grow on the plantar, or bottom surface of the foot and can cause pain, especially when walking. Dr. Edward Hill tells us more about plantar warts on todayís 60 Second Housecall.

Plantar warts are growths on the feet often mistaken for corns or calluses.  Plantar warts are caused by a viral infection and tend to be found in areas of pressure such as the heel and ball of the foot.

The virus that causes plantar warts thrives in warm, moist environments, such as shower floors, locker rooms and public swimming areas.  You may contract the virus by walking barefoot in public places.

In most cases, your doctor can diagnose plantar warts just by inspecting your feet.  If thereís any doubt, your doctor may need to pare down the lump with a scalpel.  Why?  Corns and calluses donít have a blood supply and wonít bleed, while plantar warts will show signs of pinpoint bleeding forming dark dots.

Plantar warts usually go away without treatment.  Most people would rather treat them than wait for them to disappear.  If you have diabetes or a circulatory disorder, donít try to treat any plantar warts at home.  See your doctor or podiatrist for treatment recommendations.

For North Mississippi Medical Center, Iím Dr. Edward Hill.