Why are the warts on the soles of the feet painful?

Dr. Mehmet Oz, MD
Cardiology (Cardiovascular Disease)
Plantar warts or warts on the soles of the feet can be extremely painful when you apply pressure with standing, walking, or running. People who have plantar warts say they feel like a pebble is in the shoe when they stand. Caused by the human papillomavirus (HPV), plantar warts are flat with tiny black dots that are clotted blood vessels. Plantar warts are hard to treat because so much of the wart itself lies under the skin. Your doctor can advise you in treating a plantar wart and can suggest ways to eliminate pressure on the wart.

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