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Plantar Warts ("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 should be treated to lessen symptoms (which may include pain), decrease duration, and reduce transmission.

Plantar Warts 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. Plantar Warts tend to be painful,on application of pressure from either side of the lesion rather than direct pressure and skin striae go around the Plantar Warts , unlike calluses (which tend to be painful on direct pressure instead).

Plantar Warts are spread by contact with moist walking surfaces, they can be prevented by not walking barefoot in public areas such as showers or communal changing rooms, not sharing shoes and socks, and avoiding direct contact with warts on other parts of the body or on other people. Humans build immunity with age, so infection is less common among adults than children.

Once a person is infected, there is no evidence that any treatment eliminates HPV infection or decreases infectivity, and warts may recur after treatment because of activation of latent virus present in healthy skin adjacent to the lesion. There is currently no vaccine for these types of the virus. However, treatments are sometimes effective at addressing symptoms and causing remission (inactivity) of the virus.

The treatment that will be effective in a particular case is highly variable. The most comprehensive medical review found that no treatment method was more than 73% effective and using a placebo had a 27% average success rate.

Some Plantar Warts treatments that have been found to be effective include:

Podiatrists and dermatologists are considered specialists in the treatment of Plantar Warts , though most warts are treated by primary care physicians.

As warts are contagious, precautions should be taken to avoid spreading.