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Symptoms and Causes of Plantar Warts

Plantar warts, small growths on the soles of the feet caused by the human papillomavirus, abbreviated HPV, are not only a common ailment but also a source of discomfort for many people. These warts often appear as rough, grainy lesions with tiny black dots, known as seed warts, indicative of tiny blood vessels within. The pressure exerted on the soles of the feet, particularly during walking or standing, can cause plantar warts to embed themselves deeper into the skin, contributing to the characteristic pain associated with these growths. Causes of plantar warts include direct contact with the HPV virus, which thrives in warm and moist environments such as locker rooms or public showers. Understanding the symptoms, such as tenderness or the presence of small, fleshy lesions on the soles, and the potential causes of plantar warts is essential for timely identification and appropriate treatment. If you have developed a plantar wart, it is strongly suggested that you schedule an appointment with a podiatrist who can guide you toward correct treatment methods.

Plantar warts can be very uncomfortable. If you need your feet checked, contact one of our podiatrists from Foot & Ankle Specialists of Central Ohio. Our doctors 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 Gahanna, Newark, Columbus, and Lancaster, OH . We offer the newest diagnostic and treatment technologies for all your foot and ankle needs.

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