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What is a Plantar Wart?
Plantar warts are viral skin infections that occur on the soles of the feet.
What Causes Plantar Warts?
Plantar warts are caused by the Human Papilloma Virus (HPV) especially types 1, 2, 3 and 4. Warts, which can affect all age groups, are transmitted by direct as well as indirect contact. Predisposing factors for developing warts include wounds which disrupt the skin’s epithelial barrier. Hyperhidrosis or excessive sweating of the feet is associated with the development of widespread warts.
What are the Symptoms of Plantar Warts?
Patients with plantar warts usually present with rough swellings on the soles of their feet. These swellings are usually painless but they may become painful if they are on areas that receive much pressure when walking or standing such as over the heads of the metatarsals and the heel.
To learn more about Plantar warts including What are the signs on physical examination of plantar warts? How is the diagnosis of plantar warts made? What are the differential diagnosis for plantar warts? and What is the treatment for plantar warts?, read Plantar Warts by Dr Miriam Kinai.