The word plantar in Latin means bottom of the foot. So it makes sense that the lesions found there are called plantar warts. Planters, on the other hand, is the name of an American peanut company or something in which you use to hold flowers or plants. Sometimes the name can be confusing, but one thing is for sure—plantar warts are stubborn and can become uncomfortable.

Warts from swimming pools?

Foot SilhouetteWarts are caused by a virus that enters the body through small openings or breaks in the skin where sweat glands are prevalent, primarily the palms of the hand and soles of the feet. Moist environments that soften these skin areas, such as swimming pools and showers, can increase the chances of the virus entering the body. Not much is known as to why some individuals are susceptible to certain viruses, while others are not. This explains why only one member of a family may have plantar warts. 

Signs and Symptoms

When the virus enters your skin, it causes layers upon layers of dead tissue to build. Typically, in the case of planter warts, these layers grow inward instead of out. That is because they often form in pressure areas like the ball of your foot or your heel. Sometimes they are signified by a tiny black dot in the center, often referred to as a “seed.” The surrounding area is rough and callused, generally taking up about the size of a pencil eraser, but these lesions can vary in size and even grow in clustered groups, called mosaics.

Are you at risk?

Warts are very contagious and can spread not only from person-to-person, but also via contaminated surfaces. For instance, if someone with a wart touches something, and you touch the same thing, you could contract the virus. The same is true if someone with a plantar wart walks barefoot on a floor, then you follow. Without shower shoes, you are putting yourself at risk. Always wear shoes in public areas like pools, saunas, and locker room showers.

Treatment Can Take Time

Some home remedies, such as over the counter wart remover preparations or pads, can help eliminate a plantar wart, but patience and diligence is necessary, as these take time. If such treatments are unsuccessful, and your warts remain persistent, resistant, or recurrent, give us a call. Dr. Theodore Mushlin and all of the doctors at Podiatry Care Specialists are well-trained in removing plantar warts and keeping them under control.  Debridement (removing the dead tissue) with application of a stronger, topical acid preparation, and/or excising (cutting away) the layers are our most common methods of treatment. 

For your convenience, we offer five locations—we have two in West Chester, along with offices in Newtown Square, Exton, and Audubon, PA. There’s sure to be one near you! If you see the signs of a plantar wart forming on the bottom of your foot, contact us today. All of our doctors are equipped to discuss a treatment plan that is best for you. Call 1-877-905-5907 to make an appointment, or use our online request form.

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