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What is a Plantar Wart?

Foot warts

What is a plantar wart and why do they hurt so much?

The term plantar means the sole of the foot. It isn t a special kind of wart, just a bad place to get one. If you have a wart or a mole on your forearm, it will sit out of the skin. On the weight bearing areas of the foot though, the lump is pressed into the skin to sit flush. In normal skin, the nerves that report pain and other sensations back to your brain are laid out in such a way that they are protected. In a wart, the arrangement of cells in the surface of the skin is disorderly and results in the nerve strands being stepped on which can be very painful.

How are warts treated ?

Because warts are composed of a mutation of your own skin, anything that we do to the wart, we do to you. The blood vessels that run into a wart are your blood vessels and the nerves are your nerves. Unfortunately, this means that there is no completely painless way to treat the problem. It is very important to treat the wart as soon as you notice it. Warts grow bigger over time and delaying treatment will usually mean a more painful job. To be rid of a wart, it must be all killed. The particle that initially infected you would have been one million times smaller than a drop of water and if anything even this size is left behind, the wart will regrow.


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