Plantar warts are warts that develop on the soles or bottom of the feet (the plantar surface). Regular activities including standing and walking tend to cause calluses, which protect the warts and make treatment more difficult. The increased pressure from the calluses can make the feet very painful. Like all warts, they are harmless and may go away even without treatment. In many cases, though, they are too painful to ignore and treatment is necessary.
Deciding how to treat your plantar wart may depend on your ability to tolerate the pain that the various treatments may cause. Calluses can be treated with water soaks to soften the callus and a pumice stone or nail file to pare it down. Folk remedies for treating warts abound, and there is no single treatment that works every time. Conventional treatment focuses on removal, while alternative approaches emphasize gradual remission. Whatever you do, do not try to cut off a plantar wart yourself, because you may injure yourself or cause an infection. Plantar warts that grow together in a cluster are known as mosaic warts. Read more about plantar warts.
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