Plantar Wart (Verruca)

A plantar wart is a viral growth on the foot. Warts most often appear on the bottoms of the feet, yet warts can appear any where on the foot. Although, warts can appear any where on the foot.
There are several different types of warts. The two that are seen most are the solitary wart and the mosaic wart. A solitary wart is a single wart that may increase rapidly in size and form many seperate warts. A mosaic wart is a large wart consists of several warts that grow in a cluster of several small warts. Mosaic warts are often very hard to treat.


Often the initial appearance of a wart comes in the form of thick skin, also know as a callus. However they are painful and often have a painful core. There maybe tiny black dots in the wart, these are dry blood spots.

Plantar warts are caused by direct contact with the HPV (human papilloma virus). This is the same virus Typically a wart is contracted while in a public place, where people go barefoot. They can also be contracted through other family members who have the virus.

To diagnose a plantar wart, the foot and ankle surgeon will examine the patient's foot for signs and symptoms of a wart. In rare cases plantar warts will go away on their own. At Community Foot Care the treatments consist of Cantharone treatment as well as biopsy treatment.