How to Treat Your Plantar Warts
Plantar warts can develop on the bottom of your feet (usually in the areas that take your weight when you walk) and look like small uneven lumps. The color of them is most often white or gray with dark spots inside, which are in fact small pin pricks of blood. The technical term for the warts is verrucous carcinoma which we more commonly know as "verruca".
These types of wart are caused when a scratch or cut in the top layer of the skin (epidermis) comes into contact with the virus that causes the warts to grow. The virus can lie dormant on surfaces, left there by another infected person. You can understand therefore, that Plantar warts are very contagious and it is easy to pick them up if you walk over the floor of a communal shower or gymnasium. It is therefore always advisable always to wear shower or training shoes. Once the wart takes hold it embeds into the skin. When walked upon it starts to swell and form a lump.
Due to the fact that they become swollen on the bottom of your feet and you walk on them them, these warts can become sore. Whilst they appear to be flush to the skin they can push deeper into more layers of the skin which can contribute to this discomfort. Warts are usually harmless in all other ways with only a very small risk of turning cancerous.
Removing them can also cause you pain but there are treatments available for all of the 6 types of wart, of which the Plantar wart is just one.