Warts can occur at any age, but are most commonly found in children. They are caused by a group of viruses called the HPV (human papilloma viruses) and can be found anywhere on the body, with hands and feet the most common spots. As warts are caused by a virus, they are highly contagious.
Plantar warts are the common complaint we see as podiatrists, especially common in children. Often mistaken for a corn, a plantar wart is a benign lesion of the outer surfaces of the skin on the foot or toes.
Plantar warts are contagious and are spread through direct contact – either with someone that has the virus, or from sharing floors, shoes and socks with someone who has the virus. This means warts can quickly spread through families if care is not taken.
Signs of a plantar wart
Warts and corns can look very similar, and as they have very different treatment requirements, it’s highly recommended having a podiatrist assess and diagnose the condition.
The visible signs of a plantar wart are tiny blood vessels at the base of the wart (which tend to look like small black dots in the centre of the wart). If your wart is causing you pain, discomfort, or is affecting the way you walk, we highly recommend having it treated.
Contact Gait Way Podiatry and book an appointment with a qualified podiatrist. We will assess the size and depth of the plantar wart and recommend the best type of treatment for you.
Keep your feet clean and dry. Avoid going barefoot, particularly in moist and communal environments. Sporting club showers and swimming pools are prominent places where the wart virus may spread. You are more at risk of being infected if your skin is damaged, wet or in contact with roughened surface.
The following may help with preventing warts:
- Avoid walking barefoot in communal changing or shower rooms.
- Change shoes and socks daily.
- Keep feet clean and dry.
- Check children’s feet periodically.
- Avoid direct contact with warts on other persons or on other parts of the body.
- Do not ignore growths on, or changes in, your skin.
- Visit a podiatrist immediately if you notice and lumps or sores on the feet.