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Foot Wart Overview

Another name for Foot Wart is Plantar Warts.

What are plantar warts?
A person with plantar warts has small, painless lumps on the skin that covers the sole of the foot. Plantar warts are caused by the human papilloma virus.

What are the symptoms of plantar warts?
Symptoms of plantar warts include skin lumps or bumps on the sole of the foot. The surface of the lump may look like the surface of a cauliflower, and a callus of skin usually forms around the lump. Plantar warts may be gray or brown, and usually have a dark center. Additional symptoms include foot tenderness, or foot pain that interferes with walking.

How does the doctor treat plantar warts?
Treatment for plantar warts includes occlusive bandages (Duofilm, Dr. Scholls Clear Away), topical medications, cryotherapy, and surgery.

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Last Updated: Aug 31, 2010 References
Authors: Stephen J. Schueler, MD; John H. Beckett, MD; D. Scott Gettings, MD
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