What causes plantar warts?

Diana Meeks
Diana Meeks on behalf of Sigma Nursing
Family Practitioner

Like all warts, plantar warts are caused by a type of HPV (Human Papillomavirus). If you come into direct contact with the strain of HPV that causes plantar warts, you may get them. Plantar warts are contagious, though not highly so.

Dr. Mehmet Oz, MD
Cardiology (Cardiovascular Disease)
Plantar warts are caused by a virus -- the human papillomavirus (HPV). This class of viruses causes many kinds of warts by stimulating cells in the top layer of skin to grow too rapidly. Plantar warts, which appear on the soles of the feet, are harmless, but they can be uncomfortable or painful.     

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