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Plantar Wart Diagnosis

Plantar warts, caused by the human papillomavirus, or HPV, are skin growths appearing on the soles of the feet, often transmitted in warm, moist environments. Though generally harmless, they can cause discomfort and resemble different problems, necessitating careful diagnosis. Treatments vary from conservative remedies to professional interventions like salicylic acid, cryotherapy, or surgery, with responses varying among individuals. Given their contagious nature, prompt treatment is advised to prevent spread. Differential diagnosis is vital to rule out more serious conditions like melanoma. Consulting a podiatrist ensures accurate identification and tailored treatment. Their expertise in foot health management, including the effective removal of plantar warts, promotes overall well-being. If you suspect plantar warts or experience foot discomfort, it is suggested that you seek professional evaluation and treatment from a podiatrist for the best outcome.

Plantar warts can be very uncomfortable. If you need your feet checked, contact our podiatrists from Superior Foot & Ankle Center. 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 office located in Long Beach, CA . We offer the newest diagnostic and treatment technologies for all your foot and ankle needs.

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