Plantar warts are warts that have been caused by HPV, present on the toes or sole of the foot. Treatment is recommended to lessen the pain and symptoms that are associated with the warts, prevent transmission to other people, and decrease the general length of time that the warts may be present on the body. They are considered to be unknown in cultures where people are primarily barefoot because walking barefoot over an extended period of time has been proven to strengthen the skin and help to keep feet dry, eventually rubbing off any of the presence of the virus on the feet. It is believed that the plantar wart infection occurs in around 10% of the population within the United States.
Generally, the infection associated with plantar warts occurs from walking on moist surfaces, such as those present within a swimming pool area or a shower. The virus is able to live for an extended amount of months without having a body to host it, making it possible for it to be very contagious to people who are constantly wearing shoes. It is possible for the warts to begin to fuse together into larger clusters, which are defined as mosaic warts. Plantar warts can be defined as a lesions that appear on the feet, usually having small hemorrhages under the skin somewhere near the center. If the warts are scratched, they can begin to bleed and they may cause the individual to experience pain when walking or standing on the affected area. The warts commonly are confused with corns or calluses, but can be easily differentiated by observing what the skin looks like on a closer level. Plantar warts are usually painful to the touch, especially if touched from the side instead of directly.
In most cases, plantar warts can be treated by using an over the counter salicylic acid product. Other times, doctors may prescribe surgical excisions or other related medical procedures. The warts generally will go away within this treatment period and are not difficult to get rid of. However, doctors always recommend that people should consider the preventative measures associated with avoiding the ailment. The less practiced option is that people should walked around barefoot as often as possible because this helps the skin of the feet to be more resilient. Other options include wearing flip flops when going to public showers, not sharing towels in order to avoid any possible infection, and covering your feet with adhesive bandages during swimming.