A wart is a viral infection which can spread through cuts or open sores in the skin. At first, warts appear as spongy with tiny red, brown or black spots and develop into a hard growth on the skins surface. Many people think that the dark spots in the warts are seeds when in fact they are small blood vessels that feed the wart.

Warts may be mistaken for corns or calluses. They can grow up to one inch or more in diameter. Left untreated, they can spread to other parts of the body.

Treatments include:

Over-the-counter medications may result in damaged skin and may be dangerous if you have diabetes or poor circulation. A podiatrist can help you determine which treatment option is best for you.

By keeping your feet clean and dry, you will prevent future infection. Avoid going barefoot in public showers, gyms and locker rooms. Moist settings are ideal for spreading the wart virus.