Plantar Wart

Plantar warts, also known as verrucas, are common benign skin growths that can cause a great deal of discomfort and are typically found on the sole of the foot or toes.

Plantar Warts Symptoms

  • A small, rough growth on the bottom of your foot, usually at the base of the toes or on the ball or heel.
  • Pain or tenderness when walking or standing. Squeezing the sides of the wart may also cause pain.
  • Black pinpoints, which are small clotted blood vessels commonly called wart seeds. These often appear on the surface of the wart. Plantar warts grow deep into the skin.

Plantar Wart Treatment

  • Freezing medicine (cryotherapy). Cryotherapy is done on site and involves applying liquid nitrogen to the wart, either with a spray or a cotton swab.


  • Surgery. For extreme cases a Dr. Sharobeem cuts away the wart or destroys it by using an electric needle (electrodesiccation and curettage).

A plantar wart is one of several soft tissue conditions of the foot that can be quite painful.

The plantar wart is often contracted by walking barefoot on dirty surfaces or littered ground where the virus is lurking. The causative virus thrives in warm, moist environments, making infection a common occurrence in communal bathing facilities. If left untreated, warts can grow to an inch or more in circumference and can spread into clusters of several warts; these are often called mosaic warts.

When plantar warts develop on the weight-bearing areas of the foot—the ball of the foot, or the heel, for example—they can be the source of sharp, burning pain. Pain occurs when weight is brought to bear directly on the wart, although pressure on the side of a wart can create equally intense pain.

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