Definition: hyperkeratotic epidermal lesion caused by the human papilloma virus (HPV) on the sole of the foot

Medical terminology: verrucae pedis



A plantar wart is a lesion on the sole of the foot that can cause pain, especial when they are found on the ball of the foot or the heel. Warts are caused by a virus, human papilloma virus (HPV), and appear as a soft central core that is surrounded by thick hardened skin resembling a callus. Multiple tiny black spots can sometimes be seen on the wart as this is the wart’s blood supply.

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  • Excessive pressure or friction
  • Uneven weight distribution
  • Faulty foot mechanics
  • Ill-fitting footwear
  • Certain diseases and disorders