Plantar Wart

A wart is a skin growth that develops when a virus infects the skin. Warts can develop anywhere on the foot but are most common on the bottom (plantar side) of the foot. Plantar warts are most common in children, adolescents, and the elderly.


There are two types of plantar warts:

  • Solitary wart is single wart that increases in size and can multiply.

  • Mosaic warts are a cluster of warts growing close together.

What Causes a Wart?

Warts are caused by direct contact with the human papilloma virus (HPV). Most commonly, warts can be acquired in public places where people are barefoot like locker rooms and swimming pools. It can be spread between family members at home as well.



  • Thickened skin that can resemble a callus or cauliflower.

  • Pain while walking and standing. Pain also occurs when the wart is squeezed.

  • Small black dots can appear on the surface of the wart. This is dried blood from capillaries close to the skin.


At Greater Houston Foot & Ankle Specialists, we routinely diagnose and treat warts. We start with acid and other topical treatments in the office and medication is prescribed.


If you have a wart, make an appointment with Greater Houston Foot & Ankle Specialists.

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Dr. Stephen Moore and Dr. Gkotsoulias are podiatrists serving

The Woodlands, Kingwood, Spring, and Tomball areas.