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Plantar Warts

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by Hellwig J
 

Definition

Plantar warts are growths on the soles of the feet. They are often mistaken for corns or calluses. They grow in clusters and are usually flat. A plantar wart can often be distinguished by numerous black dots visible on their surfaces.
Although plantar warts are generally harmless, their location beneath the feet can make them very tender. They also have a tendency to spread locally to other sites on the foot and elsewhere.
Plantar Wart
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Causes

Plantar warts are caused by the human papillomavirus (HPV). It can be contracted by walking barefoot on unsanitary surfaces. Touching and scratching can cause the virus to spread.
 

RESOURCES

The American Academy of Dermatology
http://www.aad.org

American Podiatric Medical Association
http://www.apma.org

 

CANADIAN RESOURCES

About Kids Health—The Hospital for Sick Children
http://www.aboutkidshealth.ca

Canadian Podiatric Medical Association
http://www.podiatrycanada.org

 

References


Al-Gurairi FT, Al-Waiz M, Sharquie KE. Oral zinc sulphate in the treatment of recalcitrant viral warts: randomized placebo-controlled clinical trial. Br J Dermatol. 2002;146:423-431.


Plantar wart. EBSCO DynaMed website. Available at: http://www.ebscohost.com/dynamed. Updated March 13, 2013. Accessed September 4, 2014.


Plantar warts. Mayo Clinic website. Available at: http://www.mayoclinic.org/diseases-conditions/plantar-warts/basics/definition/con-20025706. Updated May 22, 2014. Accessed September 4, 2014.


Warts. American Podiatric Medical Association website. Available at: http://www.apma.org/learn/FootHealth.cfm?ItemNumber=989. Accessed September 4, 2014.


7/30/2010 DynaMed's Systematic Literature Surveillance http://www.ebscohost.com/dynamed: Huo W, Gao XH, Sun XP, et al. Local hyperthermia at 44 degrees C for the treatment of plantar warts: a randomized, patient-blinded, placebo-controlled trial. J Infect Dis. 2010;201(8):1169-1172.

 

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