Plantar warts on feet can be painful, unsightly and a nuisance. Although most of the time plantar warts on feet don’t cause any long term health risks, they can cause back and leg pain from favoring the foot that does not have a plantar wart. These types of warts are caused by the human papillomavirus (HPV). You may pick up the virus in the gym, workout center, at school in the locker room or at a public swimming pool. There are over 120 strains of HPV, but only a few of them cause plantar warts.
The plantar warts on feet may start out as a small bump or a thick spot on the balls of your feet or heels. As it progresses a brown rough warty area may form or you may have a thick patch of skin that is flat and dark yellow or brown. Many times small brown spots are present, and contrary to popular belief these are not “wart seeds” but broken capillaries in your skin. Picking and scratching plantar warts on feet can cause them to spread. If this happens you may develop a cluster of plantar warts on feet.
There are several way to treat plantar warts on feet. Medical doctors may use an acid solution, surgery, laser surgery or freezing to remove the wart and the root. Over the counter remedies that contain Salicylic acid are effective, but can take up to six weeks to work. The same is true with the duct tape removal method. You have to apply duct tape and keep it on for six days, and then repeat the process for six weeks before your plantar warts on feet show improvement. There are safe and effective natural ways to get rid of the plantar warts on feet. Visit our plantar wart treatment page to find out the details.