Plantar warts are caused by the Human Papilloma Virus (HPV) which causes a hard growth that can be painful to walk on. As the term plantar refers – these occur on the plantar aspect or the bottom of the feet. Plantar warts are often confused with corns, but characteristically are quite different
A simple test to determine if you have a wart versus a corn starts with a visual examination. Warts have small black dots within which are the ends of tiny blood vessels that the virus feeds off. If you look closely, the lines on the skin will also be interrupted. The “squeeze test” also helps to confirm the presence of a wart. Squeezing the area from the sides will usually produce a sharp pain or a tingling sensation.