advertisement

Condition Care Guide


Print this page | Sign up for free e-bulletins
 | Bookmark This Page

Plantar Warts

Plantar wart inside

What are plantar warts?

"Plantar" refers to the sole of the foot, and plantar warts are simply warts that grow on the bottom of the feet.

What are the varieties of plantar warts?

Plantar warts tend to occur on the heels or the balls of the feet, which take the most pressure from standing and walking.

What are the causes of plantar warts?

Like warts found elsewhere on the body, planter warts are growths caused by the human papillomavirus (HPV). You can pick up the HPV that causes planter warts anywhere, but you are most likely to come into contact with it in warm, moist places such as shower floors, locker rooms and public swimming pools.

Who is likely to get plantar warts?

You are most susceptible to HPV if you're repeatedly exposed to the virus, if your skin is cut or damaged, or if your immune system is weakened.

How can plantar warts be prevented?

Wear shower thongs or sandals when you use a public locker room or shower. Use foot powders and change your socks often to keep the feet dry.

What are the symptoms and how are plantar warts diagnosed?

A planter wart can look like a small, fleshy bump; a hard, flat growth with a rough surface and well-defined boundaries; or a gray or brown lump with tiny pinprick-size black dots (clotted blood vessels that distinguish warts from bloodless corns and calluses). The growths interrupt the normal lines and ridges in the skin.

What is the conventional planter wart treatment?

You do not really have to do anything about plantar warts. Most will disappear on their own sooner or later. But if yours are causing discomfort, a number of planter wart treatments are available. You can buy over-the-counter treatments containing a 40 percent salicylic acid solution that you apply once or twice a day for a few weeks. Another planter wart treatment option is the "duct tape treatment" - you cover the warts with duct tape for six days then soak them in water and rub them gently with an emery board or pumice stone. You may have to repeat the process over the course of a month or two before the warts disappear, but a study published in the October 2002 Archives of Pediatrics and Adolescent Medicine found that the duct tape method worked better than having a doctor freeze the warts off with liquid nitrogen, which can be painful and cause scarring.

What therapies does Dr. Weil recommend for plantar warts?

Try removing warts with visualization: Spend a few minutes a day picturing the growths shrinking. If you need help coming up with images, you can listen to audiotapes made by practitioners skilled in guided imagery and clinical hypnosis. It may be most effective to do this when waking and falling asleep. Children are especially good at it. Their vivid imaginations can conjure up all kinds of magical methods of wart removal. This mind-over-matter method can work remarkably well, so try it first, before resorting to acids, duct tape, lasers, or surgery.

The Weil Vitamin Advisor
Get your FREE personalized vitamin recommendation & supplement plan today!

Dr. Weil on Healthy Aging
Your Online Guide to the Anti-Inflammatory Diet. Start eating for your health - begin your free trial now.

Save $5 on Weil Juvenon - Support for Health and Aging
Now Only $29.99! Help protect and maintain healthy cells. Use promo code: JUVENON5. Shop Now!

Vitamin Library
Supplement your knowledge with Dr. Weil's essential vitamin facts. Learn why they are necessary and more.

Join Drs. Weil And Chopra For A Free Online Event - Learn how to revolutionize your health. Register for the free Radical Wellness event now!

Dr. Weil's Head-to-Toe Wellness Guide
Your guide to natural health.
Use the Wellness Guide today!

Dr. Weil's Anti-Inflammatory Diet Food Pyramid
Our interactive tool can help improve overall health through diet.

Condition Care Guide
Learn about health conditions from acne to vertigo, and Dr. Weil's view of the best treatment options for each.

Healthy Recipes
Discover a treasure trove of healthy, healing foods and creative, delicious ways to prepare them.

Q&A Library
Over 2,000 questions from you and their corresponding answers from Dr. Weil.

 
Copyright © 2016 Weil Lifestyle
Information on this web site is provided for informational purposes only and is not intended as a substitute for the advice provided by your physician or other healthcare professional. You should not use the information on this web site for diagnosing or treating a health problem or disease, or prescribing any medication or other treatment.

Ad Choice
Advertising Notice

This Site and third parties who place advertisements on this Site may collect and use information about your visits to this Site and other websites in order to provide advertisements about goods and services of interest to you. If you would like to obtain more information about these advertising practices and to make choices about online behavioral advertising, please click here

  

Condition Care Guide



Plantar Warts

Plantar wart inside

What are plantar warts?

"Plantar" refers to the sole of the foot, and plantar warts are simply warts that grow on the bottom of the feet.

What are the varieties of plantar warts?

Plantar warts tend to occur on the heels or the balls of the feet, which take the most pressure from standing and walking.

What are the causes of plantar warts?

Like warts found elsewhere on the body, planter warts are growths caused by the human papillomavirus (HPV). You can pick up the HPV that causes planter warts anywhere, but you are most likely to come into contact with it in warm, moist places such as shower floors, locker rooms and public swimming pools.

Who is likely to get plantar warts?

You are most susceptible to HPV if you're repeatedly exposed to the virus, if your skin is cut or damaged, or if your immune system is weakened.

How can plantar warts be prevented?

Wear shower thongs or sandals when you use a public locker room or shower. Use foot powders and change your socks often to keep the feet dry.

What are the symptoms and how are plantar warts diagnosed?

A planter wart can look like a small, fleshy bump; a hard, flat growth with a rough surface and well-defined boundaries; or a gray or brown lump with tiny pinprick-size black dots (clotted blood vessels that distinguish warts from bloodless corns and calluses). The growths interrupt the normal lines and ridges in the skin.

What is the conventional planter wart treatment?

You do not really have to do anything about plantar warts. Most will disappear on their own sooner or later. But if yours are causing discomfort, a number of planter wart treatments are available. You can buy over-the-counter treatments containing a 40 percent salicylic acid solution that you apply once or twice a day for a few weeks. Another planter wart treatment option is the "duct tape treatment" - you cover the warts with duct tape for six days then soak them in water and rub them gently with an emery board or pumice stone. You may have to repeat the process over the course of a month or two before the warts disappear, but a study published in the October 2002 Archives of Pediatrics and Adolescent Medicine found that the duct tape method worked better than having a doctor freeze the warts off with liquid nitrogen, which can be painful and cause scarring.

What therapies does Dr. Weil recommend for plantar warts?

Try removing warts with visualization: Spend a few minutes a day picturing the growths shrinking. If you need help coming up with images, you can listen to audiotapes made by practitioners skilled in guided imagery and clinical hypnosis. It may be most effective to do this when waking and falling asleep. Children are especially good at it. Their vivid imaginations can conjure up all kinds of magical methods of wart removal. This mind-over-matter method can work remarkably well, so try it first, before resorting to acids, duct tape, lasers, or surgery.