It is common to find ourselves in consultation with some injuries in the sole of the feet that the patient confuses with a callus, being these treated in a wrong way. Plantar warts are a lesion that can be found on the sole and toes caused by the human papillomavirus (HPV). The warts can be painful or not, depending on their size, time of evolution, location and subtype of human papillomavirus.

This pathology presents itself as small lesions that appear on the soles of the feet, giving us an aspect of a cauliflower and usually presenting papules and even some have small black spots on their surface due to the thrombosed dermal capillaries .

The pressure that the body exerts on the soles of the feet, can form a hardening of the skin over the wart, this is why it is important to make a good differential diagnosis. This type of wart usually grows inwards on the foot. They have roots that, as more time passes, more are implanted in the skin, and more pain is caused, so it is important to treat them as quickly as possible.

How can I get this virus?

A weak immune system and contact with this virus are usually the main reasons why we can catch this pathology. Special care must be taken with children and adolescents and with the range of people who are in an advanced age or with immunosuppressive pathologies. It is very common that in public areas such as bathrooms, changing rooms, swimming pools, or gyms, among others, a person with the pathology can spread the virus by direct or indirect contact. But the symptoms can have a latency period of 2 to 9 months. So we can have the virus but not have the symptoms until later. 

  • Plantar Wart
  • Human Papillomavirus
  • HPV
  • Papules