Plantar warts are one of several soft tissue conditions of the foot that can be quite painful. They are caused by a virus, which generally invades the skin through small or invisible cuts and abrasions. They can appear anywhere on the skin, but, technically, only those on the sole are properly called plantar warts. Children, especially teenagers, tend to be more susceptible to warts than adults; some people seem to be immune against this virus.
Plantar warts tend to be hard and flat, with a rough surface and well-defined boundaries; warts are generally raised and fleshier when they appear on the top of the foot or on the toes. Plantar warts are often gray or brown (but the color may vary), with a center that appears as one or more pinpoints of black.
If left untreated, warts can grow to an inch or more in circumference and can spread into clusters of warts. Like any other infectious lesion, plantar warts are spread by touching, scratching, or even by contact with skin shed from another wart.
Occasionally, warts can spontaneously disappear after a short time, and, just as frequently, they can recur in the same location.
In Temple Clinic we offer wide range of treatments to suit every need, including application of caustic medication, cryosurgery and homeopathic treatments.
You can prevent catching verrucae by:
Specialised consultation and care for verrucae at Temple Clinic in Ealing, West London