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Updated: Jan 3

Plantar warts affect 14 percent of Americans annually. If you're one of the unlucky ones, learn how to recognize this common foot issue and seek treatment with Dr. Sara Shirazi.

Overview: Plantar Wart is a type of wart that forms on the sole of the foot. It causes a patch of thickened skin. Plantar warts are common, and they aren't harmful. But they can be tender, and they can be embarrassing and contagious.

Causes: Plantar warts are caused by the human papillomavirus. We call it "HPV." You can come into contact with this virus if you walk barefoot in places that are warm and damp. It can enter the sole of your foot through a cut or a sore. It infects the outermost layer of your skin.

Symptoms: A plantar wart can be uncomfortable. It can cause pain when you stand or walk. Most plantar warts are no larger than a pencil eraser. Your wart may be flat like a callus. It may grow inward instead of outward. It may have tiny black dots in its center. You may have one wart, or you may have several. They can form in a cluster. In some cases a cluster of plantar warts grows very large and covers much of the sole of your foot.

Treatment: In some cases, plantar warts don't need to be treated. Over time, they often clear up on their own. But a painful or unsightly wart can be treated and removed. Often times, these do present in pediatric patients. No need to worry---Call us at 626-517-0022 to discuss further!

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