Facts about Plantar Warts


At Pasco-Hernando Foot & Ankle we find that many patients have misconceptions about a common podiatric condition: plantar warts. Below are some facts about warts and what to do to treat them as well as prevent them.

FACT: Plantar warts form on the bottom of the foot. If you find raised, fleshy warts on the tops or sides of the feet they are most likely not plantar warts.

FACT: Pinpoints of black are usually seen at the center of these hard, flat warts which can be gray or brown.

FACT: Plantar warts are caused by a virus which is passed on by direct contact. You can greatly reduce your risk of plantar warts by keeping feet covered, especially when walking in public places like karate studios, gyms, locker rooms, and community pools.

FACT: Children have a higher risk of contracting plantar warts than adults. Wash your children’s feet daily and check for plantar warts frequently.

FACT: Sharing socks, shoes, soap, sheets, pedicure tools or anything that comes in contact with other people’s feet can increase your risk of getting a plantar wart.

FACT: If you put off getting treatment for a plantar wart it can grow—over an inch in diameter. Left untreated, plantar warts can spread.

FACT: Plantar warts are not dangerous, but they can be quite painful if they are on the part of your foot that receives significant weight-bearing pressure such as the heel or ball of the foot.

FACT: Over-the-counter wart treatments often contain strong chemicals and acids that can damage surrounding normal skin tissue.

FACT: Our podiatrist, Dr. Lawrence J. Kales, has multiple treatment methods to choose from to eliminate your wart(s). The foot doctor will choose the best and safest way to treat your plantar warts.

It’s important if you have found an unusual growth on your foot that you contact our Spring Hill (352 683-5799) or Hudson (727-868-2128) office for an appointment as soon as possible.