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Understanding Warts on the Feet

Tuesday, 24 August 2021 00:00

A verruca is a small wart on the sole of the foot. They are more commonly known as plantar warts. Plantar warts can grow on the sole of the foot because of the human papillomavirus (HPV). This virus is contagious and thrives in warm and moist environments like locker rooms and swimming pools which makes plantar warts common for people who are barefoot in these communal areas. Plantar warts are not usually painful unless they are bearing weight. Some patients have found they may be tender to the touch as well. To avoid the spread of plantar warts, you should wear flip flops in communal areas such as pools, locker rooms, or showers. If you have a plantar wart that persists, consulting with a podiatrist and getting professional advice can be extremely beneficial.  

Plantar warts can be very uncomfortable. If you need your feet checked, contact Dr. Gary Cesar from Michigan Foot and Ankle Center. Our doctor 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 Lansing and Mt. Pleasant, MI . We offer the newest diagnostic and treatment technologies for all your foot and ankle needs.

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