Warts are small, rough, thick and often painful lumps on the skin that are caused by a virus called the Human Papilloma Virus HPV. Plantar warts are spread through direct contact — either with someone that has the virus, or from sharing floors, shoes and socks with someone who has the virus. This means warts can quickly spread through families if care is not taken. While plantar warts can affect anyone of any age, they tend to be more common in children. My FootDr offers a variety of plantar wart treatments that are suitable for all ages and pain tolerance levels. Plantar warts are not usually a serious health concern. They can, however, cause extreme pain and discomfort if they arise in high weight-bearing areas, like beneath your heel, the ball of your foot or your toes.
Now the patches have started to hurt. Michael J. Frazier , DPM, founder of The Frazier Foot and Ankle Center in Cypress, Texas, knows that any lesion on the bottom of your foot can cause you to change your gait and potentially lead to other problems in your foot and ankle. Here he offers a few insights into the difference between a pressure callus and plantar warts , how each affects the health of your feet, and what you can do about them. Plantar warts and calluses look similar.
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