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Are Plantar Warts Dangerous?

Plantar warts are growths that develop on the plantar surface, or bottom, of your feet. These warts are caused by the human papillomavirus (HPV). You can become infected with HPV through cuts or other tears in your skin. 
Plantar warts are contagious. They can spread to other areas of your foot, but not other areas of your body. However, it’s a good idea to seek treatment if you notice a wart in order to prevent the spread of warts on your feet.
While plantar warts are rarely dangerous, they can cause discomfort and pain. Here is a look at some of the more severe symptoms associated with plantar warts. 


Unfortunately, plantar warts can cause severe pain, especially if they grow on areas of your foot where heavy pressure is placed on your foot while your walk or stand. Pain can increase over time, especially if a more than one wart grow close together.

Difficulty Walking

Plantar warts can grow in clusters, and these clusters can affect your walking ability. Because they can be painful, you may find yourself altering the way you walk in order to limit the pressure on the warts.  However, altering the way you walk can then result in new pain in your legs or back because of the abnormal use of your muscles,


Plantar warts can cause heavy bleeding when the wart is scraped or removed with a scalpel. If the wart begins bleeding and doesn’t stop, you should see a doctor immediately. 

Last Updated: July 27, 2016

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