Wart on foot

The most common place for a wart is on the bottom (plantar surface). Hence, the term "plantar wart".

Warts represent a viral infection of the skin, caused by the human papillomavirus (HPV). Warts are non-cancerous growths that can appear alone or in a cluster.

Anyone can get warts, but they are more common among children. People with a weakened immune system are also more likely to get warts.

Warts are contagious. They can spread to different parts of the body and from one person to another.

Warts have many presentations. They can be solitary, clustered together, next to a toenail, or have projections that grow out of the skin.

Wart removal

Topical acid is often used to treat warts. This treatment works better if the thick skin on the surface of the wart is pared down before application.

Cryotherapy is the destruction of the wart by freezing it. Depning on the depth, cryotherapy may require several sessions in order to be effective.

Other options to treat plantar warts include laser therapy and surgery.

There is no guaranteed way to prevent warts. Similarly, a wart may reappear near the location of the one that was treated.

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