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PLANTAR WARTS In few other areas of medicine is the use of folk tradition as widespread as in the treatment of warts Since warts frequently regress on their own and because they are the most common infection of the skin it is not surprising that large numbers of folk cures developed over time For example it was thought that warts are were transmitted by having a close encounter with a toad Other folk remedies included rubbing the warts with green alder stick or with potato and attending wart shrines as was done for many years in Japan Some modern treatments have applied changes in diet as in the use of various amino acid supplements The truth of the matter is certain procedures may help treat warts but there is no magic cure Plantar warts or papliomas of the sole are very common They can occur on any part of the foot but when localized under areas of pressure they give rise to tenderness and localized pain Coughlin and Mann 1995 In general plantar warts are pearly white with a center that shows tiny spots of black brown or red They can be found as a single lesion or as a cluster that is grouped together and referred to as a mosaic wart Sometimes theres a larger wart with surrounding smaller isolated warts and these are the so-called mother-daughter warts Warts that are rooted extremely deep are referred to as verrucas This type of wart in particular exhibits a rough raised appearance with a horny surrounding collar Often times plantar warts are mistaken for cons or calluses Corns and calluses are both found on the bottom of the feet and can sometimes be similar in appearance They too also cause significant discomfort A corn is a discrete localized core of hard thick sk in caused by increased pressure at a particular point A callus on the other foot is a
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