Plantar warts are common warts that mostly occur on the soles or toes of the feet. Medically known as verrucae warts, these are caused by the human papillomavirus (HPV).
The virus mostly thrives in warm, moist places like locker room floors and swimming pools, where it attacks the skin at the bottom of the feet through direct contact. Those who have an opening or crack in their skin are more prone to contract the virus.
Anyone can develop plantar warts. However, children, people with weakened immune systems and people who have had plantar warts before are more prone to this problem.
Pain and tenderness while walking can be the initial symptoms of a plantar wart on your foot. Another sign of a plantar wart is a circular, flat spot on the skin with a depressed area in the middle. The wart may look yellow in color, with a crust or a black spot in the middle.
The pressure you put on the affected area while walking may cause the warts to grow inward beneath a hard, thick layer of skin (callus).
Most plantar warts are harmless and go away without treatment. But there are many home treatments that can lessen the symptoms and promote faster healing.
Before trying the remedies, keep in mind that you may need many repeated treatments before the wart goes away.
Here are the top 10 ways to get rid of plantar warts.