Plantar warts - causes and treatment

From time immemorial, ugly formations on the body have bothered humanity. A wart on the foot is a skin disease caused by a virus. People with skin defects were avoided, fearing infection, and after noticing a neoplasm on the sole or other part of the body, they tried to remove it as soon as possible. What people don’t apply to their plantar warts, just to disappear forever. So far, dermatologists are looking for the most effective and painless way to deal with the disease.

What is a nipple

The human papilloma virus causes a benign or oncological mutation of DNA in skin cells. The body is covered with papillomas, warts, papules. More than a hundred types of HPV have been studied. A wart is a growth on the skin that signals the presence of the first or third type of papilloma virus in the body. Neoplasms are potentially non-carcinogenic, but are highly contagious due to the viability of the pathogen in the external environment.

What does a wart on the leg look like?

The plantar neoplasm has a round shape with clear edges the size of a few millimeters or centimeters. Black dots of clogged capillaries are visible in the middle. On the leg, they look like old dry blisters that have grown into the skin. Pain from plantar growths is not manifested under direct pressure, but after compression. The absence of papillary lines on the foot is characteristic.

wart on foot

Causes of plantar warts

HPV infections are more common in unprotected intercourse. The virus penetrates through microcracks on the mucous membranes of the genital organs. Someone's HPV is "in transit", while others are less fortunate - the virus stays in the body without appearing for a long time. Dermatologists do not rule out that the appearance of papillomas on the surface of the feet is caused by immune disorders and infectious diseases.

Walking barefoot in public places: bathrooms, swimming pools, body care salons, shared bathrooms, on the beach, trying on shoes on bare feet are the most common causes of plantar warts. The virus is viable outside its host and "stalks the victim" on towels, tiles, laundry cloths, furniture, slippers for guests, etc. The infection is attracted by the dense, taut areas of the skin of the plantar surfaces and palms, where the papilloma virus enters through minor injuries.

Warts on children's feet

Children are restless, often hurt. Parents may not be aware of the presence of HPV in a child's body, resulting from cuts and scratches. With the weakening of immunity, the virus becomes active, papilloma appears on the leg. Painful methods of resolving warts on the legs in children are often contraindicated, poorly tolerated. Often, the child's body copes with this disease of the skin of the feet.

Types of warts on the legs

Warts are a set of skin lesions caused by papilloma. Depending on the external manifestation, the impact on human health, the following types of warts are classified:

  • vulgar (ordinary) - round keratinized blisters;
  • flat - rash in the form of spots that rise above the skin;
  • filiform (chords) - elongated with "torn" edges, formed in the folds of the body;
  • genital warts - reminiscent of a rooster comb;
  • senile (keratomas) - occur in the elderly, not associated with HPV.

Nipple formations are localized throughout the body, on internal organs, in the oral cavity. Warts on the feet, called plantar warts, are a common type. One type includes well-shaped, which are indentations imprinted in the skin, characterized by rapid growth. The appearance of subungual growths slightly raises the nail plate.

nipple on the heel

Treatment of plantar warts

It is dangerous to neglect the treatment of plantar warts. Neoplasms on the feet are constantly injured. They are removed to stop the appearance of new growths and the entry of infections. There is no complete cure for HPV. Treatment comes down to turning the disease into a "sleep regime". Available drugs, surgical, immunomodulatory removal of plantar warts, using alternative medicine.

The disadvantage of treating plantar growths lies in their location: the large stratum corneum of the epidermis makes it difficult to deliver active substances to the depth of formation on the foot. In preparation for therapy, the upper layer of the superstructure is soaked and exfoliated. Traditionally, the treatment of warts on the feet begins with the use of salicylic acid. The wart on the foot is disinfected daily, for three months, steamed in a tub, then the softened top layer is cleaned with a float, salicylic acid is applied and a patch is applied.

Pharmacy chains advise how to get rid of warts on the leg with the help of drugs containing celandine, phenol, trichloroacetic acid. The drugs cause tissue necrosis, freeing the patient from the deficiency, but leaving a trace of deep nipple healing. Each disease is to a different degree individual, so before you choose the method of removing warts on the sole, you need to ask for the opinion of your doctor.


According to the mode of action, necrotizing, antiviral, vegetable fats differ. In the first case, the acid or alkali in the fat base cauterizes the painful growth and leaves a scar. At home, for the treatment of feet, you can use liquid solutions: with acetic, nitric, oxalic, lactic acid in the composition. To avoid burns, the surface of the neoplasm is strictly treated.

Antiviral ointment for warts on the foot is applied to the growth itself and the area around it in order to reduce the growth of the infection. They are used with special fats. Herbal ingredients only affect the formation of the skin. Known for its effectiveness in treating foot balms with applicator, Colhamin ointment.

Modern methods of removal

The advent of modern methods of removing warts has replaced the traumatic scalpel. Similar to a surgical knife, an electrocoagulator burns a neoplasm on the foot. After the laser or radio wave removal procedure, a dent remains on the foot. Healing takes several weeks. Exposure to liquid nitrogen is considered a very painful treatment and requires several treatments. In 2014, British dermatologists published material on the latest antigen injection therapy. This will help patients who are resistant to existing treatments.

the doctor examines the leg with a wart on the foot

Folk remedies

Procedures with folk remedies for warts on the legs are performed before bedtime, with previously steamed feet and for a long time. When handling, protect your hands with latex gloves from further spread of infection, disinfect all used devices and things to prevent infection of loved ones. List of considered effective folk ways to get rid of warts on the legs:

  • Garlic is known for its antibiotic properties. In a neoplasm on the sole, the upper hardened layer is cut off, a thin clove of garlic is applied.
  • You can make an "anti-chin paste". Knead from finely grated garlic, vinegar, wheat flour, spread on the surface of the neoplasm and seal with a band-aid. After a few days, the dough is removed along with the deposits.
  • Apply onion soaked in vinegar to the foot, or you can rub the growth with vinegar, and then attach fresh onions.
  • You can fill the formation with the juice of medicinal herbs: celandine, kalanchoe, calendula, milkweed, dandelion, golden mustache or add a slice of apple, mountain ash, figs, potatoes, horseradish, cabbage. The procedure is performed daily, for several weeks to months, until the accumulations disappear.
  • You can apply wood ash diluted in water to a creamy state.
  • The growth is sprinkled with powdered chalk and wrapped in a bandage. The compress cannot be wetted.
  • Birch and willow bark containing salicylic have been shown to be effective in treatment. The bark is applied to the foot, softening it with boiling water.
  • Warm foot baths with sea salt, soda, laundry soap, tea tree oil or spruce broth help in the treatment of foot diseases. Treatments can be mixed or alternating.
  • Wormwood broth applications are used. 3 tablespoons of dried wormwood plant boil in a glass of boiling water, insist at least 2 hours.