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Plantar Warts


Plantar Warts

Plantar Warts

Warts are caused by viruses in the human papillomavirus (HPV) family. When they appear on the soles of the feet, they are called plantar warts because they grow up into the feet toward the plantar fascia tissue. Plantar warts are especially common in children and teenagers.

HPV viruses are very contagious. For children, it’s easy to catch the virus on the soles of their feet when walking barefoot in public areas such as locker rooms, swimming pools and gym showers.


A plantar wart on the bottom of the foot can be very painful as it grows deeper. It can feel like you are walking on a pebble.

You may observe a grainy spot on the sole of the foot or a callus that has grown over a pinpoint plantar wart.

Treating Plantar Warts

Many plantar warts will go away by themselves. However, if it is painful for your child or the warts are spreading, see a foot doctor for permanent relief.

Treatment options include:

  • Prescription-strength peeling medicine like salicylic acid can slowly take away the layers of the wart.
  • Cryotherapy uses liquid nitrogen topically to freeze the wart. Repeat treatments may be necessary.
  • Medication delivered topically or through an injection can stimulate your immune system to fight the virus.
  • For very stubborn warts, minor surgery may be indicated to cut the wart away or destroy it with an electric needle.

Preventing Plantar Warts

You can minimize the risk of plantar warts for your child by:

  • Caution him or her not to touch the warts. Wash hands carefully after touching it.
  • Keep feet clean and dry. Alternate shoes to allow them to dry thoroughly and always wear clean, dry socks.
  • Have your child or teen wear shower shoes or flip-flops in public areas like swimming pools, locker rooms, gyms and showers.
  • Watch that your child doesn’t pick at or scratch warts.
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