Foot warts...also called verruca, plantars wart...and so many other different names that it is very hard to keep track.
Before we get into their treatment , we really need to consider what these little things are first, and why we actually get them.
Foot warts are viruses. Actually the Human Papilloma Virus 4 (HPV). The same warts that you can get on your hands.
Why doesn't my body kill it straight away?
They hide within your cells, divide and replicate within your own cells and it is when they transfer from one cell to another is when they become known to the body. Apart from that, your body doesn't know that they are there.
How did I get it?
Common reason 1. The virus attacks the skin through direct contact, entering through possibly tiny cuts and abrasions in the outermost layer of skin. When you get your feet wet, your skin is more supple and it is possible that a virus can enter that way. Remembering that a virus can be viable for up to 4 months if left on the floor.
After infection, warts may not become visible for several weeks or months.
Common reason 2. Warts may also spread through autoinoculation, by infecting nearby skin or by infecting walking surfaces. They may fuse or develop into clusters called mosaic warts.
Verruca is the proper term for foot warts (that is why Johnny Depp in Charlie & The Chocolate Factory talks about Verruca Salt being on your foot).
Plantar warts just states where a wart could be, plantar meaning the bottom of the foot, but warts can be all over the place. As noted in the picture below:
However, I will use the terms interchangeably because people are used to those other names.
You can even get the wart on fingers, if you scratch them, or even on your toes:
Many people have had treatments for a plantars wart only to find out that it was not...after painful treatments.
One case was that a patient underwent the small pox virus to combat the foot wart, and had years of surgical intervention to remove the thing, only for it to come back.
What is the most confused problem?
Not that many clinicians use their head and figure out if it is really a foot wart or not. In our experience most aren't...mainly they are a corn...completely different treatment methods needed. That is what the patient in the above scenario had.
How can you tell if it is a corn or plantars wart?
1- It looks like a corn.
Things just look a certain way and if you have seen them multiple times then you get used to differing them apart.
2- The way the skin looks.
A corn is "part" of your system, your body grows it out of stress to an outside stressful force. A plantars wart is an invasion, so what happens is the skins lines go around a plantars wart, but they go through a corn. This can be seen in the below picture, just.
3- Black dots
In the very first drawn picture we can see a wart wrapped up in small blood vessels. Sometimes under pressure they break and then they dry up...these are the black dots. They are not dirt, just micro-dry blood under the skin. When a medical professional reduces the plantars wart just by reducing the hard skin, it may bleed, a corn will not.
4- Push, Squeeze
This is the simplest of tests that anyone can do. Push on the "wart" if it is painful then it is usually a corn. If you slightly squeeze the area and it is painful then you have a foot wart. Now if you have either for a while you tend to find that either push and squeeze will become the same.
This occurs because a corn is an upside down pyramid and it is the point sticking into your foot that causes you pain when you put any pressure on the area. The foot wart is a bunch of virus cells clumped into a tight area, squeezing it hurts.