When we think about warts on feet, those plantar warts will often spring to mind but they are not the only type of wart that can appear on the feet. There are several others:
Common warts on feet
Common warts look like small cauliflowers, varying in color from light grey to yellow to brown or even grey/black. They can be round or irregular in shape, measuring anything from 2mm to 10mm across. While they sometimes appear on their own, they can also occur in clusters. They can grow around or under the toenails, making it difficult to treat.
Mosaic warts on feet
Mosaic warts are tight clusters of plantar warts and are often covered by a callus. To see and treat the warts
, the over-lying callus needs to be removed so that the individual borders of the warts become visible.
Periungual and subungual warts on feet
These periungual warts develop alongside nails (including toenails), while subungual warts grow beneath the nail itself. They are difficult to treat but if left alone, they can disrupt or even destroy normal nail formation. Treatment of subungual and periungual warts often necessitates the full or partial removal of the nail.
And of course...
Plantar warts on feet
The name is because the warts appear on the sole or plantar region of the foot, being brown or gray in color with small, black dots that are the tiny blood vessels feeding the warts. Plantar warts are hard and flat in contrast to the rounded, fleshier warts that appear on other parts of the body. Plantar warts are particularly common in young children and teenagers. The strain of the HPV virus (that causes plantar warts) thrives in warm, wet places, such as those found near swimming pools and in communal showers and locker rooms. Plantar warts are particularly painful because the weight of the body pressing on them forces the warts to grow inward.
Facts about warts on feet
All types of warts are caused by the HPV virus but because everyone's immune system is different, and varies in strength from weak to strong, not everyone who comes into contact with the virus will go on to develop warts. The HPV virus needs a break in the skin to enter and of course warts are contagious. Certain strains of HPV cause an overgrowth of keratin, a protein found in skin, nails and hair - leading to the warts.
Best remedies for warts on feet
- An OTC salicylic acid preparation that can be harsh on the skin and take some time to eliminate any warts is one remedy. Prolonged use should be avoided especially in infants, people with diabetes or others with circulation problems.
- Your doctor can cut out warts or freeze them off using liquid nitrogen.
- A third but more natural method is to use an essential oils formula to treat any warts safely at home minus the risk of any pain, discomfort or scarring.
Always try to treat warts on the feet while they are still small and before they have a chance to grow and become stubborn. Boosting the immune system through healthy lifestyle choices is also an important step to take.