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How HPV Causes Plantar Warts

When the human papilloma virus, also known as HPV, forms warts on the bottom of the foot, they are known as plantar warts. HPV thrives in areas such as locker rooms, shower floors, and swimming pools (or essentially, any warm and moist environment). The virus is usually very contagious and transmits through direct contact. The virus can enter through any small opening in the skin and begin to form a wart with a flat spot or depressed center. These warts can appear yellow, have a black dot in the center, or be very painful. Because there isn’t a way to tell how deep a plantar wart has grown into the skin, warts that are causing severe pain or spreading should be looked at by a podiatrist. Upon examining the wart’s condition, a podiatrist will be able to help determine the best course of treatment for the wart.  

Plantar warts can be very uncomfortable. If you need your feet checked, contact Serjik Nazarian, DPM from Sedona Foot & Ankle Specialists. 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 Cottonwood and Prescott, AZ . We offer the newest diagnostic and treatment technologies for all your foot and ankle needs.

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