Warts and Skin Cancers 

 
 

Plantar Warts 

Warts are caused by a virus and can recur. An individual who has a wart is susceptible to developing additional warts. Plantar warts are often mistaken for corns or calluses on the sole of the foot. Plantar refers to the bottom of the foot, where warts are most likely seen, although they can also occur on the toes top of foot and lower leg.

Plantar warts have a spongy appearance with little black or brown or red spots indicative of blood vessels feeding them. The lesions are circumscribed, which means they have a ring around each growth separating it from the surrounding skin. 

 Plantar warts can occur when the human papilloma virus (HPV) invades the body through the skin on the bottom of the feet typically through cuts or breaks. The virus often is present on contaminated surfaces, such as the tile floors of public locker rooms, showers, and swimming pools.


Skin Cancers 

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Some different types of skin cancers are Basal Cell Carcinoma, Squamous Cell Carcinoma, and Malignant Melanoma.

Learn the ABCDs of melanoma. If you notice a mole, bump, or patch on the skin that meets any of the following criteria, see a podiatrist immediately:

  • Asymmetry - If the lesion is divided in half, the sides don't match.
  • Borders - Borders look scalloped, uneven, or ragged.
  • Color - There may be more than one color. These colors may have an uneven distribution.
  • Diameter – The lesion is wider than a pencil eraser (greater than 6 mm).