A wart is a growth in the skin caused by a viral infection. Warts tend to be hard and flat with elevated, rough surfaces with well-defined boundaries. Some have one or more black pinpoints. They are frequently called plantar warts because they appear on the plantar surface, or sole of the foot. Children, especially teenagers, tend to be more susceptible to warts than adults.

It is possible that a variety of other more serious lesions, including carcinomas and melanomas (cancers), can be mistakenly identified as warts. Because of those identification problems, it is wise to consult a podiatrist about any suspicious growth or eruption on the skin of the feet. If warts are left untreated, they can grow and spread into clusters of several warts.

Source: British Columbia Association of Podiatrist – http://www.foothealth.ca/ Retrieved: 2009-06-01
Image Source: Wikipedia.org – http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/File:Veruca_right_foot_detail.jpg Retrieved: 2009-06-01

Causes of Warts

A virus causes warts, which typically invade the skin through small cuts and abrasions.

What can you do?

Avoid walking barefoot.
Change shoes daily.
Keep feet clean and dry.
Avoid home treatments.

What can a Podiatrist do?

Perform a physical examination and evaluation.
Initiate treatment, including possible surgical removal.
Prescribe medication.