Wart, plantar

A hard, horny, and roughsurfaced area on the sole of the foot caused by a virus called a papillomavirus. Plantar warts, also known as verrucas, may occur singly or in clusters. The wart is flattened and forced into the skin and may cause discomfort or pain when walking. Infection is usually acquired from contaminated floors in swimming pools and communal showers. Many plantar warts disappear without treatment, but some persist for years or recur. They can be removed by cryosurgery or by applying plasters or gel containing salicylic acid.


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