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Warts are for Toads

One day after hitting the gym, you decide it’s time to wash away that sweat. You go into the locker room, strip down, and step into the shower. Once you are done, you towel off, wrap up, and walk over to a changing stall.  Everything seems great. You just got an amazing workout in your brand new, podiatrist approved running shoes, you are cleaned up and ready to go. Little did you know that your bare feet are being attacked by a virus from the washroom floor.

Fast forward a month later and while putting on your shoes, you see this ugly fat wart right on your foot. You don’t remember getting it, but it is very obvious now. How did it get there? Why did it pop up on your arch? You should have worn a pair of water shoes into that public shower at the gym last month, and now you are paying the price. You have a plantar’s wart.

Plantar’s warts can appear all over the foot, but typically appear on the bottom of the plantar’s arch.  At first, they might seem to be a callus, but look again, that rough skin patch can grow in size and become a bump all of its own.

These warts are caused by a virus. Usually they are transmitted by direct contact with the skin. Many people get them because they walk in a high traffic public area with bare feet. A pool, locker room, or public shower are all havens for the plantar’s wart virus.

These plantar’s warts can come in intervals. They can appear in as little as three days or within a few months’ time. They can come in large quantities or all by themselves.


Over the counter medication can work for top foot warts. Give it a shot, but if it does not work, call a podiatrist right away. Plantar’s warts tend to be harder to treat and typically need to be seen by a podiatrist.  A podiatrist can remove the wart by excision, freezing, burning, strong acids or lasers. Most of these types of treatments are done under local anesthesia so that the patient does not feel any pain.

After getting the wart treated be sure to pay close attention to your feet, as Plantar’s Warts have a high reoccurrence rate.

Have a wart on your foot? Not sure what kind it is and how to get rid of it? Call Family Foot & Ankle Care, PC located in Chandler, Arizona. There Dr. Alan J. Discont and Dr. Krahn can examine, diagnose and treat your warts. Call 480-732-0033 or make an appointment online today.