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Causes of Plantar Warts

There are various types of warts. A plantar wart can be found on the bottom of the foot, and it grows inward due to the weight the feet endure. It is caused by the human papillomavirus (HPV) and can produce severe pain and discomfort. It is considered to be contagious and is found in warm and moist environments. These can include shower room floors, public swimming pools, and surrounding areas. The virus enters the body through small cracks in the sole, so it is advised to wear appropriate shoes while visiting these areas. This type of wart can be medically treated by applying salicylic acid, but it can be painful. If your plantar wart is interfering with daily activities, it is suggested that you consult a podiatrist who can provide you with the proper treatment and relief.

Plantar warts can be very uncomfortable. If you need your feet checked, contact Ramin Nadjafi, DPM from Advanced Podiatry Group. 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 office located in Orlando, FL . We offer the newest diagnostic and treatment technologies for all your foot and ankle needs.

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