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Causes and Effective Treatment of Plantar Warts

Plantar warts are uncomfortable growths on the soles of the feet and can create quite a nuisance. Caused by the human papillomavirus, which is abbreviated HPV, the virus enters the skin through tiny cuts or abrasions. The ideal environment for this to occur is warm and damp, such as swimming pools or communal showers. The pressure from walking or standing can push these warts inward, making them appear flat. While plantar warts can sometimes resolve on their own, treatment is often sought to alleviate pain and prevent their spread. Over-the-counter topical treatments containing salicylic acid may help to gradually dissolve the wart. Medical interventions such as freezing the wart, which is referred to as cryotherapy, or minor surgical removal may be recommended by a podiatrist. If you have developed a plantar wart, it is strongly suggested that you consult with this type of doctor who can guide you toward the treatment method that is right for you.

Plantar warts can be very uncomfortable. If you need your feet checked, contact the foot specialists from Podiatry Associates of Belleville. 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 Belleville, NJ . We offer the newest diagnostic and treatment technologies for all your foot and ankle needs.

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