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Do I Have Warts or Plantar Warts?

The diagnosis of plantar warts (on the bottom of the foot) or warts elsewhere is often not too difficult.  The most common signs and symptoms of warts include:
  • Thickening of the Skin:  Warts, especially plantar warts due to the repetitive stress of walking, often resemble calluses and have thick, hard skin.
  • Pain:  Warts are often painful, especially with pressure or when sides of warts are squeezed.  This is especially problematic with plantar warts, as they cause pain during walking or standing.
  • Black Dots:  Often you will hear people say "seed warts" or "my wart has seeds".  These small black dots seen in the thick tissue making up a wart are the most important feature to diagnosis a wart.   These black dots are capillaries (small blood vessels) in the skin that supply the wart.   When the top of the wart is removed, little areas bleed (often called "pin-point bleeding") and confirms the diagnosis.
Brandt R Gibson, DPM
Podiatrist, Neuropathy Doctor, Father of 11 and Founder of Mountain West Foot & Ankle Institute