A plantar wart is a growth occurring on the bottom of the foot. The term plantar describes warts specifically located on the bottom of the feet. The clinical term is verruca plantaris. Warts are caused by the human papilloma virus (HPV). The virus is easily contracted by walking around where others walk barefoot, especially in warm, moist environments like locker rooms, showers and even hotel rooms or airport security lanes.
Often only a single wart will form but because the virus can spread it is common for multiple warts to form. Over-the-counter topical medications are made of salicylic acid and have limited success in destroying warts. Topical medications are usually used as adjunctive therapy, along with a more definitive treatment to kill the warts, such as laser, freezing or chemical treatments in the office.
Your Kansas City Foot and Ankle doctors offer the latest laser technology to treat plantar warts. It is important to treat plantar warts due to the likelihood of spreading to other areas of the body. Call our office at 816-943-1111 to learn more.