What are the Types of Plantar Warts?

Plantar warts are warts that most often appear on the bottom of your feet. While they can develop anywhere on your foot, they’re most commonly found on the plantar side, or bottom, of your foot.

Fortunately, they’re not a serious health concern. However, plantar warts aren’t attractive, and they can be painful. They are small growths common in children and adolescents as well as older people.

At Lake Ridge & Stafford Foot and Ankle Centers, located in Lake Ridge and Stafford, Virginia, our team routinely diagnose and treat plantar warts.

What causes plantar warts?

Plantar warts are caused by coming in direct contact with the human papillomavirus (HPV). This virus gets into your body through cracks, breaks, or other weak spots on the bottom of your feet.

Like other viral infections, plantar warts are contagious. Therefore, it’s a good idea to wear flip flops or other foot protection in areas where people often go barefoot, such as pools and showers, as well as yoga and martial arts studios.

Types of plantar warts

Symptoms of warts include thickened skin, pain, and tiny black dots. They often resemble a callus. But unlike a callus, a wart hurts when you squeeze the sides of it. The small black dots are dried blood in the blood vessels.

Warts start small, but through walking and pressure, they grow bigger and deeper. There are two types of plantar warts. They include:

Solitary warts

A solitary wart is just like it sounds. It’s a single wart that starts small and grows larger. Often satellite warts form around this initial solitary wart. 

Mosaic warts

Mosaic warts are harder to treat than solitary warts. These types of plantar warts consist of warts that grow in groups or clusters. These multiple warts form close together. 

Plantar warts treatments

While warts can heal on their own, they can be painful, and most people want to treat them sooner to find relief. Some treatment options include:

For optimal pain and symptom relief, the goal is to remove the wart or warts entirely. If conservative treatments don’t work, you may need surgery. Surgical wart removal is a minor outpatient procedure used to remove the wart completely.  

If you think you have a plantar wart and you’d like treatment, make an appointment with one of the skilled podiatrists at Lake Ridge & Stafford Foot and Ankle Centers. You can also request an appointment online.

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