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Plantar warts are noncancerous (benign) skin growths that develop
on the bottom of the foot and usually appear as areas of thick, tough skin
similar to calluses. They can be on any part of the foot, but they cause the
most discomfort when they are on a pressure point such as the heel.
The cause of plantar warts is a virus (human papillomavirus, or
HPV). This virus is contagious and may be spread from:
It may take 1 or more months for a plantar wart to appear after a person
has first been exposed to the virus. Symptoms and signs of plantar warts may
Plantar warts are often hard to get rid of, no matter what
treatment is used, and they often come back. But within 2 years or so, warts
usually disappear with or without treatment. Treatment to get rid of warts may
include nonprescription and prescription medicines or minor surgery.
Current as of:
March 12, 2014
Patrice Burgess, MD - Family Medicine & E. Gregory Thompson, MD - Internal Medicine
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