Plantar Warts

What are plantar warts?

Plantar warts develop exclusively on the sole of the foot. They can be painful and cause difficulty walking. Plantar warts may occur alone or in a pattern, grouped closely together. 

What are the causes?

Plantar warts are caused by an infection of the Human Papillomavirus (HPV). There are over 100 different types of HPV but only a few are known to cause Plantar Warts. The HPV strain that causes plantar warts strives in warm moist environments such as: shower floors, locker rooms, public swimming areas, pools and gyms. In order to become affected the virus must also have a point of entry such as: cuts, scrapes, cracks in dry skin or wet softened skin from prolonged exposure to water.

What are the symptoms?

According to WebMD, the symptoms of plantar warts include:

  • Small, fleshy, grainy lesions, or growths, on the soles of your feet
  • Hard, thickened skin (callus) over a well-defined "spot" on the skin, where a wart has grown inwards
  • Black pinpoints, which are commonly called "wart seeds" but are actually small, clotted blood vessels
  • Lesions that interrupt the normal lines and ridges in the skin of your feet
  • Pain or tenderness when walking or standing


Treatment for plantar warts can vary for more information see our: Wart Treatment Services.