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Painful Plantar Warts

Plantar warts can cause severe pain. This may be because of where they are located, on the bottom of the foot. The pain may happen as a result of the wart growing inward from the weight that is put on the foot during everyday activities. The medical name for a plantar wart is referred to as verruca and comes from the human papillomavirus (HPV). This is contagious and it is suggested to wear appropriate shoes while in the areas this virus is found. These can include public swimming pools, locker rooms, and shower room floors. This type of wart can resemble a callus and appear to be a small, hardened area of skin. There may be tiny black dots in the center of the wart, which is dried blood that is found inside the capillaries. There are several treatment options available so if you have a plantar wart, it is suggested that you seek the counsel of a podiatrist who can determine which one is best for you. 

Plantar warts can be very uncomfortable. If you need your feet checked, contact our podiatrist from Dr. Powers Foot and Ankle. 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 one of our offices located in Bloomington, Bedford, and Washington, IN . We offer the newest diagnostic and treatment technologies for all your foot and ankle needs.

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