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Plantar Warts Symptoms

Plantar Warts Symptoms
Plantar warts
Causes and Risk Factors

Symptoms of plantar warts
Symptoms of warts usually appear in about 2-3 months after exposure to HPV (human papillomavirus), however the range can be as short as 1 month or as long as 20 months. A plantar wart is similar in structure to an iceberg. Often, the portion of the wart under the skin is at least twice as big as visible surface growth on the skin. In many cases, pressure from standing and walking prevents plantar warts from rising above the skin surface. Although plantar warts are sometimes painful when pressure is applied to the bottom of the foot, most warts do not hurt.

Compared with the surrounding normal skin, warts may appear light, dark, or black (rare). Usually when identifying warts, you will notice a bump containing red or black dots. Plantar warts usually look like flesh-colored or light brown lumps with tiny black dots in them. These dots are small, clotted blood vessels that supply blood to the wart. Plantar warts are also rough and spongy, and most are gray, brown, or yellow. Plantar warts can cause pain on the bottom of the foot. Patients often feel a "lump" on the bottom of the foot when standing, similar to having a stone in the shoe.

Signs and symptoms of plantar warts include:

  • abnormally dark or light skin surrounding the lesion
  • bleeding occurs when skin is scraped
  • bumps that interrupt the normal lines and ridges in the skin of the feet
  • flat to slightly raised lesions
  • hard, flat growths with a rough surface and well-defined boundaries
  • gray or brown lumps with one or more black pinpoints
  • pain or tenderness when walking
  • pain when pressure is applied
  • rough growths around or under fingernails or toenails
  • rough, round, or oval lesions on soles of feet
  • small, fleshy, grainy bumps on the soles of your feet
  • small, hard, flat or raised skin lesion or lump

Plantar warts can be persistent. Because warts shed HPV, new warts can appear as quickly as old ones go away. They can also spread to other people or become extremely painful. Some further complications of plantar warts include:

Infection - Warts are of no danger unless they become infected. The best defense is to treat new warts as quickly as possible so that they have little time to spread or become infected.

Spreading Warts can spread to other areas of your body or to other people. Plantar warts can shed the virus into the skin of your foot before they're treated, prompting new warts to grow as fast as the old ones disappear. If left untreated, plantar warts can grow up to 1 inch in circumference and may spread into clusters (called mosaic warts).

Trouble walking - If you have lots of plantar warts, the pain may make it difficult for you to walk or run. In severe cases, untreated plantar warts cause a change in gait or posture that results in leg or back pain.

When to seek help
Most warts disappear on their own or with home care. In fact, most common warts don't require medical treatment. However, some people choose to treat warts because they are bothersome, they have spread or are a cosmetic concern. You should contact a doctor when warts begin interfering with your daily life, aren't responding to home treatments, are rapidly spreading or are bleeding. Also see your doctor if your warts are bothersome, painful or rapidly multiplying. See your doctor if the warts:

  • bleed
  • cause pain
  • change in appearance or color
  • do not respond to home treatment
  • interfere with daily life or activities
  • spread rapidly
  • recur after initial treatment

In some cases, you may need to consult your doctor to ensure a correct diagnosis. For example, if you have been diagnosed with diabetes or a circulatory disorder, don't try to treat any plantar warts at home. See your doctor for advice. It’s also possible that more serious lesions appear on the feet, including cancerous tumors. If you can't confidently identify your lump, see your doctor. Call for an appointment with your doctor if you notice:

  • anal or genital warts
  • bleeding that is significant or not easily stopped by light pressure
  • signs of infection (red streaking, pus, discharge, or fever) or bleeding
  • warts after you have been diagnosed with diabetes or a weakened immune system (for example, HIV)
  • the wart does not respond to self-care and you want it removed.

Prompt diagnosis and treatment from a doctor or dermatologist can decrease the chance that the warts will spread to other areas of your body or to other people. If you have any questions about either the diagnosis or the best way to treat a wart, seek advice from a dermatologist. To learn how doctors and dermatologists diagnose warts, continue reading. We cover tests for warts so that doctors might recommend you laser plantar wart next.

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