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May 2018 - Plantar Warts
May Newsletter

Plantar warts are small growths that usually appear on the heels or other weight-bearing areas of your feet. This pressure may also cause plantar warts to grow inward beneath a hard, thick layer of skin. Plantar warts are caused by Human Papillomavirus. In the case of Plantar warts, the virus would only enter your body through tiny cuts, breaks or other weak spots on the bottom of your feet. These are benign lesions.


  • A small fleshy, rough, grainy growth (lesion) on the bottom of your foot, usually the base of the toes and forefoot or the heel.
  • Hard, thickened skin (callus) over a well-defined "spot" on the skin, where a wart has grown inward.
  • Black pinpoints, which are commonly called wart seeds but are actually small, clotted blood vessels.
  • A lesion that interrupts the normal lines and ridges in the skin of your foot.
  • There may be pain or tenderness when walking or standing.
  • In my office plantar warts are treated with either a topical wart medication or a surgical excision.
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