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plantar wart

plantar wart (also known as "Verruca plantaris") is a wart caused by the human papillomavirus (HPV) occurring on the sole or toes of the foot. Plantar warts are usually self-limiting, but treatment is generally recommended to lessen symptoms (which may include pain), decrease duration, and reduce transmission.

Plantar warts are almost unknown in habitually barefoot cultures and people, this is because walking barefoot for extended periods of time strengthens the skin and keeps it dry and uncompromised as well as wearing off the virus through friction on the soles of the feet, preventing infection. While plantar warts infection occurs in an estimated 7?10% of the US population, plantar warts tend to affect only 0.29% of people who have never worn shoes.

Plantar Warts Infection typically occurs from moist walking surfaces such as showers or swimming pools. The virus causing plantar warts can survive many months without a host, making it highly contagious to people who habitually wear shoes.

Warts may spread through autoinoculation, by infecting nearby skin or by infected walking surfaces. Warts may fuse or develop into clusters called mosaic warts.

plantar wart is a small lesion that appears on the sole of the foot and typically resembles a cauliflower, with tiny black petechiae (tiny hemorrhages under the skin) in the center. Pinpoint bleeding may occur when these are scratched, and they may be painful when standing or walking.

Plantar warts are often similar to calluses or corns, but can be differentiated by close observation of skin striations. Feet are covered in skin striae, which are akin to fingerprints on the feet.

Skin striae go around plantar warts; if the lesion is not a plantar wart, the cells' DNA is not altered and the striations continue across the top layer of the skin. Plantar warts tend to be painful on application of pressure from either side of the lesion rather than direct pressure, unlike calluses (which tend to be painful on direct pressure instead).

Plantar Warts

Plantar wart Striae go around lesion

Mosaic Wart Cluster

Plantar Warts

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