Plantar Warts Symptoms
Plantar warts are those warts or verrucas that usually appear on the soles of the feet and plantar is the medical term for the sole of your feet. Although planter warts are similar to warts that occur on the hands and are derived from the same HPV virus, they take on a different appearance when they are pushed into the skin’s surface by the weight of the body walking or standing on them.
All warts are caused by this virus - but by different strains - and all warts, including plantar warts, are contagious. Plantar warts can be found anywhere on the plantar surface or the sole of the foot but are more likely to produce symptoms in the areas of pressure and friction, infecting only the superficial layer of skin and producing a thickened callus-like growth.
Anyone who has suffered from a plantar wart and delayed treatment will know that they can be particularly stubborn and hard to get rid of. Early treatment is always advisable.
The symptoms of plantar warts are:
- Pain and discomfort in the foot with what feels like a lump under the foot. Pain increases when pressure is applied to the plantar warts particularly when standing or walking. Plantar warts become flattened and painful from the pressure of the weight of the body. You can compare it to walking on a small stone.
- Firm, warty lesions. The lesions may be rough or bumpy; spongy; or thick and scaly. There may be rough skin with a dry crusty surface or a smooth surface with a gray-yellow or brown color. Small black dots may be visible deep inside the wart – these are dried up capillary blood vessels.
- Plantar warts are located over areas of pressure or bony points such as the heel and ball of the foot.
- Several warts may fuse to form mosaicwarts.
If you are in doubt as to whether you have a plantar wart, try squeezing it between your fingers in a pinching motion. If it is painful, then you can be sure that you are dealing with a plantar wart.
Plantar warts are seen in all age groups. However, they are most common in children between the ages of 12 to 16. They are rarely seen in the elderly.
Risk factors for the development of plantar warts include:
- Use of public showers
- Skin trauma
- Weakened immune system because of certain medications used, illness or immaturity.
The use of an essential oils product is an alternative, gentle and safe method to deal with plantar warts and of course all other types of warts too. Just a few drops applied 3 times day will work with every wart, including the most resilient of strains, with no pain, no burning, no irritation and no scarring. Treatment can be effective as quickly as a week or two although stubborn warts may take a little longer to be completely removed.