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Plantar Warts

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by Hellwig J
 

Definition

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
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.


American Academy of Dermatology website. Available at: http://www.aad.org . Accessed July 16, 2009.


Plantar warts. Mayo Clinic website. Available at: http://www.mayoclinic.com/health/plantar-warts/DS00509 . Updated June 2009. Accessed July 21, 2009.


Warts. American Podiatric Medical Association website. Available at: http://www.apma.org/learn/FootHealth.cfm?ItemNumber=989 . Accessed July 16, 2009.


7/30/2010 DynaMed's Systematic Literature Surveillance DynaMed's Systematic Literature Surveillance : 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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