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A 48-year-old female asked:

can a plantars wart in the bottom of my footget on the nerve of a toe and make it excruciating to walk?

5 doctor answers9 doctors weighed in
Dr. Wenjay Sung
Podiatry 14 years experience
No: Plantar warts do not need to get on the "nerve of the toe" to make it excruciating to walk. Plantar warts are painful enough and should be treated with debridement to help relieve pain. There are many advanced treatments for plantar warts if debridement does not help.
Dr. Barry Johnson
Podiatry 52 years experience
Yes it can.: Generally warts are not painful, but on the plantar (bottom) surface of the foot they can be very painful, especially on a weight bearing surface, because the pressure forces the wart to invert and grow up into the foot putting pressure on nerve endings.
Dr. Jeffrey Bowman
Podiatry 38 years experience
Most often: For a plantar s wart to become extremely painful it has grown deep under a bone so every step it feels like walking on a small rock. Unusual for it to be associated with a nerve.
Dr. Coyle Connolly
Dermatology 29 years experience
Wart : The plantar warts are skin deep only . They may become sensitive due to the many superficial nerves that can be stimulated. A dermatologist often will treat the wart with liquid nitrogen and home therapies.
Dr. Libby Putnam
Podiatry 12 years experience
Probably not. : But warts can be very painful because of callus tissue build up, especially if they're on your heel or under the ball of your foot where you bear most of your weight.

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Last updated Jan 24, 2015

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