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What are plantar warts?

Dr. Mehmet Oz, MD
Cardiology (Cardiovascular Disease)
Plantar warts are growths on the soles of the feet caused by a viral infection. The warts can grow in clusters, are often flat, and can grow into your skin, making them quite painful. You may notice black dots on the warts. If you suffer from these warts it can feel like you have pebbles in your shoe when you walk. Talk to your dermatolgist or primary-care doctor if you think you may have plantar warts.
James P. Ioli, DPM
Podiatric Medicine
Warts result from infection with the human papillomavirus (HPV). When they appear on the soles of the feet, they are known as plantar warts, which are essentially the same as other warts except that, being compacted by the weight of the foot, they are hard and flat. Plantar warts may be gray or brown, with black spots in the center (although color varies widely). Warts on the top of the feet tend to be raised and spongy. Both types of warts may have a dimpled surface.

Plantar warts are rough, flat, hard skin growths found on the soles of the feet. They are brown or gray and appear to have a small black pinpoint in the center. They aren't dangerous, but they may cause pain when you stand or walk.

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