What Are Plantar Warts?

Plantar warts are warts that develop on the soles of the feet. The normal pressure of standing and walking pushes the plantar wart beneath the surface and a layer of thick skin similar to a callus forms over it. They appear flat in structure with dark specks often visible beneath the surface.

The area affected by the plantar wart usually becomes tender and painful as the wart and top layer of skin grow in size. Sometimes multiple plantar warts form together in a large cluster called a mosaic wart.

What Causes Plantar Warts?

Like all warts, plantar warts are caused by an infection with the human papillomavirus (HPV). The virus infects the outer layer of skin by entering an area of the bottom of the foot that is cracked, scraped, fragile or softened by prolonged exposure to water.

The HPV strains that cause plantar warts are rarely transmitted by direct contact from one person to another. Instead, the virus thrives in warm, damp environments such as public pools, locker rooms, and showers and is usually contracted by walking around barefoot in these areas.

Individuals who participate in group activities where bare feet are the norm such as yoga and martial arts or who share gym and pool facilities are all susceptible to getting plantar warts.

How Do You Remove Plantar Warts?

Although most plantar warts will eventually go away on their own, they can be quite painful and uncomfortable. Fortunately, you can choose from a wide variety of products from Compound W® to get rid of them. These include Compound W® Freeze Off® Wart Removal System, Compound W® Waterproof One Step Pads for Feet and Compound W® Fast Acting Gels and Liquids.