Plantar warts (Verruca Pedis) are caused by the human papilloma virus. They are small lesions that appear on the sole of the foot and are cauliflower in appearance and may have small black specks within it. Due to pressure on the soles of the feet, a layer of hard skin forms over the wart. A plantar wart may or may not be painful. It can be spread in communal showers, around swimming pools, sharing shoes etc.
There are many treatment options to remove plantar warts. Home treatments are available from pharmacies that are based on mild acid formulas to remove the wart tissue with multiple applications. Health professionals have a larger range of options to treat the more stubborn warts including freezing (cryotherapy), burning with an electric current (electrosurgery), burning with stronger acids, laser and surgical excision.