You will be asked about your symptoms and health history. A physical exam will be done. It will focus on your feet. This is often enough to make the diagnosis. You may need to see a doctor who treats the skin or feet.
The goal of treatment in healthy children and adults is to remove the wart and stop the virus from spreading. This can be done with:
Duct tape to cover the wart and a pumice stone to sand it down
Over the counter or prescription wart remover medicine
Cryotherapy—freezing the warts to kill the virus
Laser treatment—using a laser to kill the virus and destroy wart tissue
The best way to lower the risk of plantar warts is to take steps to protect feet from the virus:
Do not share shoes or socks with someone who has the virus.
Keep feet dry and change socks every day.
Wear plastic sandals when going to public pools or using public bathrooms and showers.
Sterling JC, Gibbs S, et al. British Association of Dermatologists' guidelines for the management of cutaneous warts 2014. Br J Dermatol. 2014 Oct;171(4):696-712.
Warts. American Podiatric Medical Association website. Available at: https://www.apma.org/warts. Accessed December 10, 2019.
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Last Updated: 9/4/2020
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