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What Does a Plantar Wart Look Like?

The human papillomavirus (HPV) is responsible for the development of plantar warts. It is defined as a wart that forms on the bottom of the foot, and grows inward as a result of the weight the feet bear on a daily basis. They are contagious, and this particular virus lives in warm and moist environments which can include public swimming pools, shower room floors, and locker rooms. It is beneficial to wear appropriate shoes while in these areas, and to refrain from sharing towels, shoes, and socks. This may help to prevent the spread of HPV. Plantar warts appear as small hardened areas of skin with tiny black dots in the center, and can cause severe pain and discomfort. Plantar warts can make it difficult to walk, and it is suggested that you consult a podiatrist who can properly treat or remove this type of wart.

Plantar warts can be very uncomfortable. If you need your feet checked, contact one our our podiatrists from Newtown Comprehensive Foot Care. 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 office located in Newtown, CT . We offer the newest diagnostic and treatment technologies for all your foot and ankle needs.

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