Plantar warts are painful warts that appear on the soles or sided of one’s feet. While a plantar wart is non cancerous and often not a sign of any other serious medical condition due to the location of the wart many people will seek a way to remove these warts. Before we take a look at some of the common methods that are used to help get rid of these warts, we need to understand what causes plantar warts in the first place.
What causes plantar warts?
Plantar warts are caused by the human pappilomavirus, also known as HPV. There are over a 100 different strands of the HPV virus and medical experts believe that the HPV type 1 is the main cause of plantar warts. The virus gains access to the body through the skin by means of direct contact. Plantar warts are high contagious and have been known to spread very fast. Places such as community showers are often a breeding ground for this type of wart. If you have a plantar wart be sure that you are taking extra precautions such as wearing flip flops when using any type of communal showers.
Once the warts begin to appear the first thing that one should do would be to seek the medical advice from their doctor. Some of the signs and symptoms that you may have plantars warts include the following:
- Foot pain and the feeling of a lump or small rock under your foot especially when walking.
- Leg or back pain. This is generally caused due to bad posture due to the warts on the feet. People may readjust how they walk in order to avoid any pain.
- The warts may appear to be very firm and have a rough and bumpy surface. Some warts on the feet may be more flat however the firm and bumpy warts are much more common.
- Plantar warts generally appear on the soles and sides of the feet and are known to cause pain and discomfort.
While some people may experience other symptoms these are often the most classic symptoms that you may be dealing with planters warts. Doctors are unable to clearly understand what cause the HPV virus and at this point there is no cure for the virus. One part of understanding what cause plantar warts is realize how contagious they are and the ways that one can contract this virus. Since these warts spread through direct contact they are most often spread through area such as locker rooms and gyms and due to this reason it is always advised to wear some type of protective footwear when in these locations.
Although there may be no cure for HPV there are many different effective treatments for dealing with the removal of plantar warts. Today, there are dozens of over the counter treatments that can help to remove the warts. These can come in gels, creams, lotions as well as some natural remedies. There are also medical procedures that can be performed that can remove these painful warts. The key to dealing with plantar’s warts is to first speak with your doctor as they will be able to advise you the best course of action for treatment.