A planter wart is known by many names. For example, it can also be called a plantar wart, verruca, verruca pedis, and foot wart. This type of wart is often confused with calluses or corns – two other foot skin problems.
What makes these types of warts unique compared to most other types of skin warts is that these warts can cause considerable discomfort. In most cases, the warts are tender and this is because they grow into the skin. Most other warts grow outward. Verrucas are found on the sole of the foot, usually at the areas that see the most pressure. These areas include the heels, the balls of the feet, and the underside of the toes. The pressure that feet experience on a daily basis promotes the inward growth of this kind of wart.
A plantar wart causes a sharp pain whenever pressure is applied to it or the surrounding area such as when standing, walking, running, jumping, etc. The discomfort can best be described as having a pebble in your shoe and walking on it. Even just pushing down lightly on the affected area with fingers is painful.
Other characteristics of these foot warts (which are fairly common) include the presence of one or several black dots (veins) in the center of the wart. The wart itself is white and hard and the surface rough. These foot warts may also appear to be gray or yellowish-brown in color. The boundaries of this wart are well defined. Foot warts can be small or cover large areas of the bottom of the foot. A single plantar wart can be up to one inch in size. Clusters of plantar warts can form are called mosaic warts.
Plantar warts commonly are found on individuals that often walk barefoot in public wet areas such as public showers, locker rooms, swimming pool areas, etc. Young teens are most often affected.
Treatment with over the counter products is usually not very effective for planter warts because most of the wart mass is below the surface of the skin. Other options such as cryotherapy, electrosurgery, use of laser treatments, or surgically cutting the wart out may be used.