Symptoms of plantar warts
If you have a plantar wart, you may experience several common symptoms, including a small, rough, grainy lesion that grows on the sole, usually on the toes, the ball of the foot, or the heel region.
The lesion may have a solid border and black, dark spots. It can also have overlying hard skin with a yellowish appearance and may be painful when squeezed around the outside margins or when walking if it's on a weight-bearing area of the foot.
Additionally, the lesion may disrupt the normal skin lines and patterns on your foot, and there may be multiple lesions in the same location, known as a mosaic wart.
Cause of plantar warts
Plantar warts are highly contagious and can be spread through direct contact with someone with the virus or by sharing floors, shoes, and socks with an infected person. This means warts can quickly spread within families without proper care.
Once you contract the virus, it remains in your system for life, even if you are not experiencing any visible warts. Given the contagious nature of the virus, it's crucial to seek treatment for plantar warts as soon as possible.
While plantar warts can affect people of any age, they are more commonly seen in children. This is believed to be because their immune system has not yet matured.