Plantar Warts

Also known as Verruca Pedis and is caused by the Human Pappiloma Virus (HPV) which invade the skin through small cuts and abrasions. They can occur anywhere on the body but can be very painful on the sole (plantar) of the feet. Pressure from standing and walking causes them to grow deeper into skin. Most commonly affects children and young adults. Incidence is higher in people who share communal bathing facilities, swimming pools, sport centres and gymnasiums. Dark, minute black spots are present and are sometimes accompanied by overlying callus. Pain is greater from lateral squeezing as compared to pain from weight bearing. It can also be a hindrance in some sporting activities that require running and jumping.