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A wart is a viral infection on the top layer of skin. When this infection appears on the bottom of the foot it is called a Plantar’s (bottom) wart. Warts can be solitary or in multiples (mosaic warts). Most people will develop a wart(s) at some point in their life.
There are many strains of virus, but the one causing warts on your feet are the human papilloma virus (HPV). If you are unsure the skin lesion is a wart or a corn/callus/nevus, please consult a Podiatrist or Chiropodist who can assess and diagnose accurately.
Warts are unsightly and can be painful. If left untreated, it could either disappear on its own in about 2 years or it could become worse. A painful wart can sometimes alter your normal posture without you realizing it. This change in your posture could ultimately result in more complications. So please consult a Podiatrist/Chiropodist if pain persists.
Warts can spread from direct or indirect human contact. If someone with a wart touches a surface, the next person to touch it could develop a wart. Similarly, if someone with a wart uses public shower barefoot, the next person to use the same shower can get a wart.
The virus usually enters through tiny cuts or abrasions in the skin. People with weaker immune system are more prone to getting warts. Although the risk of developing a wart varies, anyone could develop one.