Foot and Ankle Specialists located in San Diego, CA


Plantar warts show up as small, rough growths on the bottoms of your feet. These uncomfortable and sometimes painful warts can be quite bothersome. At North Park Podiatry in San Diego, California, Trent Brookshier, DPM, and an experienced team can help you eliminate plantar warts for smooth, pain-free feet. Call today or use the online tool to set up an appointment.

Warts Q&A

What are plantar warts?

Plantar warts are benign growths caused by certain strains of the human papillomavirus (HPV). 

They typically appear on the soles of the feet. HPV enters the body through tiny cuts or breaks in the skin, often in warm, moist environments like locker rooms or public pools. Once inside, the virus causes the skin to grow rapidly, developing a wart.

What are the symptoms of plantar warts?

Plantar warts can cause various symptoms, including:

  • Small, rough, or grainy growths on the soles of the feet
  • A central, hardened spot often surrounded by a ring of callused skin
  • Pain or tenderness when walking or standing

You may not notice discomfort unless you apply direct pressure to the wart.

How can I prevent plantar warts?

While it's hard to prevent plantar warts completely, you can take steps to reduce your risk, such as:

  • Keeping your feet clean and dry
  • Avoiding walking barefoot in public areas
  • Wearing flip-flops or protective footwear in locker rooms or around swimming pools
  • Not picking at warts or touching them, as this can spread the virus

Children and people with compromised immune systems are more susceptible to developing plantar warts. 

Can I get rid of plantar warts on my own?

Over-the-counter wart treatments can be useful for some patients with plantar warts, especially for mild cases. These treatments usually contain salicylic acid and should be used as directed. 

Plantar warts can sometimes resolve on their own, but it may take months or even years. They can become more prominent or multiply during this time, potentially causing discomfort.  

For persistent or painful warts, reach out to the team at North Park Podiatry. They can provide more effective treatments like cryotherapy, laser therapy, or minor surgical procedures.

Is it possible for plantar warts to spread?

Plantar warts can spread to other areas of your body through touch, so it's important to avoid picking at them. The virus can also spread to others through direct contact, so it's wise to avoid sharing personal items like towels, shoes, or nail clippers. Proper hand hygiene is also essential to reduce the risk of spreading the virus.

If you or a loved one has symptoms of plantar warts, set up an appointment at North Park Podiatry today through the online scheduling system or with a call to the office.