Plantar wart information

Can Plantar Warts Cause Genital Warts?

Plantar warts develop as hard, grainy growths on the bottom of your feet, especially on areas that endure the most pressure. The pressure can also cause plantar warts to grow inward under a tough, thick layer of skin called a callus.

What causes plantar warts?

The human papillomavirus (HPV) causes plantar warts by entering your body through cuts, breaks, or other vulnerable areas on the bottom of your feet.

Can plantar warts cause genital warts?

Warts can spread easily by coming in direct contact with the human papillomavirus. For example, your warts can spread if you touch an existing wart and then touch another part of your body.
The type of HPV that causes plantar warts, however, cannot spread warts to other parts of your body. So, the strain of HPV that causes plantar warts doesn’t cause genital warts or cervical cancer (also associated with HPV). 

Last Updated: July 27, 2016

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