Warts are a result of the most common viral infection of the skin, Human Papillomavirus. Plantar warts typically grow on the sole of the foot and tend to produce symptoms of pressure and friction. The virus infects only the superficial layer of skin, producing a thickened callus-like growth that can and may become tender.
Plantar warts are most commonly seen in children ages 12-16yrs and are rare in the elderly. Risk factors for the development of plantar warts include;
- Bare foot use of public areas such as gyms, pools, hotels etc
- Trauma or injury to the area
- Immune deficiency and illness
Plantar warts are commonly treated in-office using a mid-strong topical acid application followed by occlusion. Treatments are typically 1-4 weeks apart.