A wart is a noncancerous skin growth caused by a virus.  Foot (plantar) warts are warts that grow on the underside of the foot. Usually, they are flat, grow inward and can be confused with a callus because it forms a thick layer of skin. The foot 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.

If you have a foot wart, walking is often painful. It feels like having a pebble in your shoe that you can’t get rid of.  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. They 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.

How common are warts?

Warts are very common. The most common place to develop a wart is on th hand.

Individuals who are more susceptible to develop warts:

  • Children
    • Usually share germs frequently while playing with others.
  • Individuals who bite their nails or pick their hangnails
    • HPV enters the body through small cuts in the skin.
  • Individuals who have a weak immune system

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 plantar warts

Some of the most common symptoms are:

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

Causes of plantar 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. After HPV enters your body, it can cause rapid cell growth on the outer layer of skin, causing a wart.

The HPV virus that causes warts is extremely common. Recent studies show that there are more than 100 different HPV viruses. Usually, there are no obvious symptoms an HPV virus infection. Because of this, someone can have the HPV virus in their system, come in contact with you, and give you a wart through that HPV virus.

The unpredictable and sometimes undetectable symptoms of the HPV virus makes it more difficult to treat the virus.

Can foot warts be treated?

Yes, foot warts can be treated. Your doctor can prescribe medication, surgery, laser therapy 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.

CBD salve to relieve pain

Full-spectrum CBD salves and lotions might help soothe the pain and irritation from foot warts. Ask your doctor which type of CBD might help alleviate the pain. It is important to consult with a doctor or a health care practitioner experienced in recommending CBD or medicinal cannabis so you will have the best dosage.

Questions to ask your doctor

  • What should I do next?
  • Should the wart be removed?
  • Do I need surgery?
  • Is a laser treatment better than surgery?
  • How can I alleviate the pain?
  • Is medication necessary?
    • What are the side effects?
    • Will the medicine interact with other medicines I am taking?
  • Will CBD oil help relieve the pain from foot warts?
    • How often should I apply the CBD oil to the wart?
    • Should I use CBD oil from hemp or from cannabis?
    • Which CBD to THC ratio should I use (20:1 CBD dominant, 4:1 CBD rich, or 1:1, CBD balanced)?
    • Will full-spectrum or CBD isolate work best?
  • When should I come back for a checkup?
  • What symptoms should I pay close attention to?
  • What emergency symptoms indicate a necessary visit to an Urgent Care Center?