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Fancy Feet: Caring for Plantar Warts, Athlete’s Foot and Fungal Toenail Infections Plantar Warts: The Basics
Plantar Warts

What is a plantar wart?

A plantar wart is an abnormal skin growth that occurs on the soles of the feet.1,2 They usually go away on their own within a few months or years.2

What causes plantar warts?

Plantar warts are caused by a virus called human papillomavirus or HPV.1,2 HPV gets into the body through broken areas of skin, and causes the top layer of skin to grow quickly. This growth is what causes a wart.

Who gets a plantar wart?

Plantar warts are easily spread by direct contact with a person with an active wart. Anyone can get this type of wart, but they are more common in the following groups of people2:

  • Children and teenagers (peak age 12-16 years)
  • People who walk barefoot in warm, moist environments (e.g. public pool)
  • People with weakened immune systems
  • People who have had plantar warts in the past
  • People with skin trauma

Why do I keep getting them?

Even after a wart shrinks or goes away, they may come back or spread to other parts of your body. This is because the virus that causes the wart is not destroyed by most treatments, and remains in a sleeping state within your skin’s cells.1,2