What Is a Plantar Wart?

Plantar warts are small bumps that form on the bottom of your feet. These growths are caused by an infection of the human papillomavirus or HPV. HPV also causes other types of warts that appear on other parts of your body.

Often, plantar warts go away on their own. However, when they don’t, warts can be painful and unsightly. Our experienced podiatrists at Lake Ridge and Stafford Foot & Ankle Centers, located in Lake Ridge and Stafford, Virginia, can diagnose and treat all types of foot growths and advise how to prevent them from developing. 

How do you get plantar warts?

The HPV virus is transmitted through small cuts in the skin. Plantar warts aren’t a medical concern, but they are contagious. If you touch them, you can spread them to other parts of your body and to other people if you’re not diligent about handwashing. 

Warts can develop anywhere on your foot but usually form on your sole near weight-bearing locations such as your heel and forefoot. Children and teens are more susceptible to developing plantar warts.

The HPV strain commonly hangs out in warm moist places. Wearing flip flops or water shoes in common wet areas like pools and showers can help protect you from getting plantar warts. It’s also a good idea not to touch anyone else’s warts.  

Plantar wart symptoms

Plantar warts either develop as a solitary wart or a cluster of bumps. They can also grow in multiple clusters around your feet. When warts grow in clusters, it’s referred to as mosaic plantar warts, which are more difficult to treat. 

Warts begin by looking like black dots or seeds on your foot. They develop into small bumps but often get flattened over time and look like raised areas on your feet. Some look grainy and feel rough. You’ll usually feel pain or discomfort when walking or standing on them. 

Plantar warts treatment options

Fortunately, most warts go away on their own. If they don’t or cause you discomfort, our expert podiatrists at Lake Ridge and Stafford Foot & Ankle Centers can recommend a variety of effective treatment plans that may include:

Stubborn warts may require surgery. Surgical wart removal is an effective and simple outpatient procedure where our team removes the wart or cluster of warts. 

It’s important to note that home remedies or attempts to remove the wart on your own are not recommended. It’s important to see a specialist for the best and most effective wart removal treatment.

Do you have unsightly or uncomfortable warts on your feet? Call Lake Ridge and Stafford Foot & Ankle Centers with clinics in Lake Ridge and Stafford, Virginia, for a treatment plan to get rid of them. 

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