How Painful Are Plantar Warts? (Expert Opinion)
Plantar warts are ugly, inconvenient, and they have a way of making you feel just a little bit dirty, especially once you realize how you probably become exposed to this virus in the first place.
While most people don’t experience much in the way of plantar wart pain, it is a possibility, and some people do experience pain from a plantar wart.
Most medical professionals recommend letting plantar warts take care of themselves over time. Your immune system will work to rid your body of the virus that causes warts, allowing you to eventually notice that your plantar wart is disappearing.
However, some people aren’t fortunate to experience a plantar wart that is pain-free. Many people suffer from pain at the hands – or foot in this case – of a plantar wart.
Painful or Not?
Plantar wart pain can be a significant distraction. As these warts are found most commonly on the soles of your feet, they can be extremely painful when they first begin to form. While most people only experience one wart at a time, some will notice that their plantar warts are growing in clusters.
This is typically more painful than a single wart growth.
Unfortunately, since it is the bottom of the foot, it can be more painful than you imagine a wart could be.
When your plantar wart first begins to grow, it is likely that it will be a bit uncomfortable. Plantar wart pain is typically caused by the fact that your wart is growing outward from the bottom of your foot, and you are placing a great deal of pressure on this part of your body.
This pressure includes your total body weight each time you stand, run, or walk. While most plantar warts will begin to head upward and into your foot, some will not and they will continue to cause you a great deal of pain.
If you notice that your plantar wart is causing you pain, contact your health professional. While most will recommend that you wait it out, doctors are willing to help you with treatment and removal if you are suffering from the pain of your plantar wart.
Additionally, doctors will immediately remove a plantar wart if you already suffer from a health problem that causes your immune system to operate ineffectively.
Plantar Wart Pain After Removal
Plantar wart removal can also be painful, but if you are already experiencing pain from the wart that’s growing on your foot, you might welcome the pain associated with removal.
The pain from removal typically only lasts a few days to a week while the pain from your wart could last for years, which is the length of time it typically takes your immune system to kill the virus caused by one of the more than 100 strands of HPV that causes plantar warts.
Each time you walk around a warm, damp place such as a pool deck, shower, or bathroom with no shoes and an exposed cut, scrape, or crack on your feet, you expose yourself to this virus. Unless someone in your house already has a plantar wart, it is unlikely you can become exposed to the virus in your home.
One of the many ways your doctor will ease the pain of a plantar wart on your foot is by freezing it off with liquid nitrogen. The chemical helps to kill the virus where it is. However, it will hurt. Your body will form a massive blister around the wart that will last for approximately a week or so until your wart begins to fall off and the blister subsides.
Your doctor might also perform surgery to remove your plantar wart.
Again, this is a painful procedure that will cause blisters and require bandaging for up to a week. Even if you decide to go the route of laser surgery, it will hurt. The laser will cut burn the vessels that contain the virus in your foot and eventually cause the wart to die. You will contract blisters that are painful to walk on, and your foot will hurt significantly until the blisters fall off, and the wart comes with it.
The only want to prevent pain from a plantar wart is to avoid becoming infected with the virus that causes the wart in the first place.
This means checking your feet for open wounds and walking around your gym, hotel pools, and other public places that harbor wet and warm environments while wearing shoes. You will not catch it from touching your foot to the foot of someone with this type of wart.