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When Plantar Warts Are Painful

Tuesday, 09 August 2022 00:00

Plantar warts are small patches of hardened growths that can form on the bottom, or sole, of someone’s feet. These warts are spread from one person to another through the human papillomavirus (HPV). Importantly, plantar warts are significantly different from corns, which form on the top of toes in response to friction or stress. Many cases of plantar warts may not cause the patient any pain. However, there are instances in which warts might be painful. If you have a larger plantar wart that essentially splits open, this could be a sign that pain might be felt later. This is because the tissue underneath a larger plantar wart can become irritated, which might ultimately result in bleeding and pain. Additionally, plantar warts can also cause the patient pain depending on where they are located. Warts that are situated on the skin folds of the toes can be especially painful. If a wart is growing inward, typically in response to the body putting pressure on the bottoms of feet when standing, then this can also be particularly painful. Contact a podiatrist for help with your plantar warts. 

Plantar warts can be very uncomfortable. If you need your feet checked, contact one of our podiatrists from Family Foot Care. Our doctors 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 our offices located in Valatie and Albany, NY . We offer the newest diagnostic and treatment technologies for all your foot and ankle needs.

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