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A wart is a viral infection that affects the soft tissue through abrasions or microscopic cuts in the skin. Warts are harmless but can cause pain and discomfort. Warts on the soles of the feet are called plantar warts. They are grey, brown or appear as pinpoints of black and have a tendency to disappear and/or recur. If left untreated, warts may grow in size or create a cluster.

Causes of Warts

  • Walking barefoot on dirty surfaces
  • Going barefoot around public swimming pools and showers
  • Plantar warts are contagious and are easily spread by contact, skin shed from a wart or a bleeding wart.

Symptoms of Warts

  • Burning or stinging sensation on roughened, raised skin
  • Dull raised circular patches of skin that are painful
  • Discomfort while walking when pressure is applied on the wart

Treating Warts

  • Regular examination of your feet as warts do tend to reappear in similar locations
  • Medication: Use over-the-counter treatments with caution as they contain chemicals that may burn the wart along with healthy tissue around it.
  • Freezing the warts
  • Surgery
  • Laser therapy
Plantar warts on the bottom of the feet

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