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Plantar Warts Defined

Plantar warts are small, grainy growths that appear on the soles of the feet, typically caused by the human papillomavirus, or HPV. This virus enters the skin through tiny cuts or abrasions, often in warm, moist environments like public showers, gym locker rooms, or pools. Plantar warts are characterized by their rough texture and may have small black dots on the surface, which are clotted blood vessels. They can cause discomfort or pain, especially while walking or standing. The pressure from bearing weight on the feet can cause the wart to grow inward beneath a hard, thick layer of skin, making it more painful. Common symptoms include a painful, thickened spot on the sole, a rough surface, and difficulty in walking comfortably. If you have developed a plantar wart, it is suggested that you seek prompt attention from a podiatrist who can offer appropriate treatment techniques.

Plantar warts can be very uncomfortable. If you need your feet checked, contact Dr. Thomas E. Silver from Westwood Foot Clinic. 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 Golden Valley, MN . We offer the newest diagnostic and treatment technologies for all your foot and ankle needs.

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