Plantar warts are fleshy growths that occur on the sole of the foot, causing painful symptoms when walking or any time pressure is applied to the bottom of the foot. As with other types of warts, plantar warts are caused by a virus and can be spread from one person to another, often by sharing footwear or socks or from walking barefoot in environments where the virus is found, like locker rooms and public showers and swimming pools.
Plantar warts have the same genesis as other warts, occurring when the virus enters the skin through a small cut, abrasion or blister. Entry is easier in skin that's become softened by prolonged soaking, such as in a swimming pool or hot tub. Once the virus has entered the body, it begins to replicate, taking refuge in the deeper tissues. In fact, the visible portion of a plantar root is often a small fraction of the wart, with the main portion located beneath the skin and out of sight. Infection is more common among people with compromised immune system and those with circulation issues, including people with diabetes.
Plantar warts can often be treated with prescription topical medications coupled with medications to help relieve painful symptoms. At Walk and Smile, we offer a pain management kit that contains a specially-formulated solution developed specifically to address foot pain and inflammation that can arise from many causes, including plantar warts. The kit can also be used to reduce pain and inflammation following more advanced types of treatment, including minimally-invasive surgery to remove very deep plantar warts that are resistant to topical medications.
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