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Foot Warts

What are Foot warts?

Foot warts are warts that grow on the underside of the foot. The warts are usually about 1cm in diameter. They are a common complaint among children and adults. Sometimes a single wart may have many small warts surrounding it. A single wart with many small warts is called a Mosaic Wart.

Foot warts are often transmitted from one person to another through direct contact to the affected area, in swimming pools, showers and changing areas.

If you have foot warts and plan to go swimming, wear a special sock so you don't spread it to other people. Foot warts can be transmitted through water, so take precautions when walking in the bathroom and near pools. Wearing flip-flops around wet areas are advised.

Foot warts are also called Verrucaes.

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What do foot warts look like?

Foot warts look similar to corns. The surface of the foot wart is covered with black dots. The black dots are small blood vessels that feed the verrucae. The color is usually paler then the usual tone of the skin.

Symptoms of foot warts

Some of the most common symptoms of foot warts are:

  • feeling like a small stone is under the foot
  • pain when squeezed
  • pain when direct force is applied to them

What causes foot warts?

Foot warts are caused by the human papilloma virus (HPV). If there is a break, scratch or a thorn in the skin, the HPV can enter the skin.

Can foot warts be treated?

Yes, foot warts can be treated. Your doctor can prescribe medication and in severe cases, freeze the foot warts.

If you are diabetic or have poor circulation, and believe you have foot warts, consult your doctor before trying to treat them.

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