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Triggers of Plantar Warts

Plantar warts, small growths caused by the human papillomavirus, or HPV, are notorious for cropping up on the soles of the feet, bringing discomfort and annoyance. Understanding the triggers behind their occurrence is essential for prevention. The virus thrives in warm, moist environments, making communal spaces like swimming pools, locker rooms, and public showers prime breeding grounds. Walking barefoot in these areas increases the risk of viral exposure. Additionally, cuts or abrasions on the soles create entry points for the virus, facilitating infection. Weakened immune systems, often seen in individuals under stress or with underlying health conditions, make them more susceptible to plantar warts. While direct contact with the virus is the primary mode of transmission, the virus can also be contracted indirectly through contaminated surfaces. Awareness of these triggers empowers individuals to adopt preventive measures, such as wearing protective footwear in public areas and maintaining foot hygiene, to thwart the onset of plantar warts. If you have developed a plantar wart, it is suggested that you consult a podiatrist who can offer the treatment method that is best for you.

Plantar warts can be very uncomfortable. If you need your feet checked, contact Rahil Baxamusa, DPM from Illinois. 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 office located in Crystal Lake, IL . We offer the newest diagnostic and treatment technologies for all your foot and ankle needs.

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