What causes plantar warts?

Plantar warts are caused by the human papillomavirus (HPV) and are growths on the soles of your feet. Warts can also be very contagious among children.  Some can become quite painful and bothersome and may need to be surgically removed. Sometimes other treatments can be done to eliminate the warts

There are numerous types of the HPV virus but only a select few types are known to cause plantar warts. These types of the virus thrive in moist, warm environments. Public swimming areas, shower rooms and locker room floors are common places the HPV virus can be found. 

Because of this, you are at risk for contracting the virus if you walk around barefoot in these types of areas. A plantar wart will develop after an infection with the HPV virus and the virus can enter through cracks in the skin, a cut or abrasion or fragile skin that has been in water a long time.

Plantar warts can be spread by contact with skin shed from another wart. Warts on the ball of the foot or heel can become painful and resistant to treatment. Avoid walking barefoot, sharing shoes with others and keep feet clean and dry. Contact our office if you need help in effectively treating a plantar wart. 

Dr. Harvey Danciger
Dr. Harvey Danciger is a podiatrist and foot surgeon in Palm Desert, CA specializing in the foot and ankle