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Causes of Plantar Warts

Tuesday, 20 February 2024 00:00

Plantar warts, which affect the bottom of the feet, can resolve naturally or may require treatment. Caused by the human papillomavirus, or HPV, these warts thrive in warm and moist environments, such as locker rooms. HPV enters the body through cuts or scrapes, making those individuals with weakened immune systems more susceptible. Symptoms can include pain, tenderness, and thickened or discolored skin. Diagnosis by a podiatrist is recommended, especially if the wart causes pain or spreads. Treatment options range from salicylic acid to cryotherapy by a podiatrist. Consistency is key, as most treatments can take weeks to be effective. Prevention strategies include wearing protective footwear in shared spaces and considering the HPV vaccine for those under 26. If you or your child suffers from discomfort from a plantar wart, it is suggested that you schedule an appointment with a podiatrist for evaluation and care.

Plantar warts can be very uncomfortable. If you need your feet checked, contact Dr. Gordon Fosdick from Affiliated Foot Care Center. Our doctor will assist you with all of your foot and ankle needs.

About Plantar Warts

Plantar warts are the result of HPV, or human papillomavirus, getting into open wounds on the feet. They are mostly found on the heels or balls of the feet.

While plantar warts are generally harmless, those experiencing excessive pain or those suffering from diabetes or a compromised immune system require immediate medical care. Plantar warts are easily diagnosed, usually through scraping off a bit of rough skin or by getting a biopsy.


  • Lesions on the bottom of your feet, usually rough and grainy
  • Hard or thick callused spots
  • Wart seeds, which are small clotted blood vessels that look like little black spots
  • Pain, discomfort, or tenderness of your feet when walking or standing


  • Freezing
  • Electric tool removal
  • Laser Treatment
  • Topical Creams (prescription only)
  • Over-the-counter medications

To help prevent developing plantar warts, avoid walking barefoot over abrasive surfaces that can cause cuts or wounds for HPV to get into. Avoiding direct contact with other warts, as well as not picking or rubbing existing warts, can help prevent the further spread of plantar warts. However, if you think you have developed plantar warts, speak to your podiatrist. He or she can diagnose the warts on your feet and recommend the appropriate treatment options.

If you have any questions please feel free to contact our offices located in Middlefield and Wallingford, CT . We offer the newest diagnostic and treatment technologies for all your foot and ankle needs.

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