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Plantar Warts

Plantar Wart

The appearance of plantar warts is quite common, and most grow on the soles of the feet.  A patient may have one plantar wart or several in a cluster, which are referred to as “mosaic warts.”  These warts are flat and grow into the foot.  Sometimes, a cluster of plantar warts can look like a large callous on the bottom of the foot.  Plantar warts do not always require treatment, but if you experience pain in the area where the wart presents (like a pebble in your shoe), or if you have diabetes or nerve damage in your feet, you should see your dermatologist for treatment rather than attempt over the counter products.  Plantar warts can be stubborn to treat, and may require multiple treatments.  Treatment by your dermatologist may include cryotherapy (freezing the wart), catharadin with salicylic acid, immunotherapy, Imiquimod, laser treatment, or excision.  Following treatment to remove plantar warts, it is important to keep the area clean and change dressings as directed by your doctor.  It is also important to keep follow-up appointments with your dermatologist so sh/e can monitor your progress.  If you’ve recently developed plantar warts, or if the wart virus had recurred with new warts, contact West Houston Dermatology today to schedule an appointment.