Plantar Warts Treatment and Causes
By Jackie Panko, MD
Nov 30, 2018
Updated Oct 25, 2023
5 min read
Most people get warts at some point, even if no one likes to admit it. A plantar wart is a type of wart that develops on the soles your feet. They’re quite annoying at first, and may even become painful if they grow large. Although most plantar warts will go away on their own after a few years, it’s possible to remove them through self-care or with a doctor’s help.
Most warts are fairly harmless. They’re skin growths caused by a strain of the human papillomavirus (HPV); however, plantar warts aren’t the same as genital warts. Instead, this virus settles into the weight-bearing pads of your feet, which causes a wart. More than anything, plantar warts are a not-so-pretty feature that can cause embarrassment and self-consciousness.
It’s not usually difficult to spot a plantar wart. Symptoms can include:
Prevention isn’t difficult if you’re practicing good “wart hygiene” and a little common sense.
There are many home remedies for the treatment of plantar warts. From duct tape to banana peels, everyone you meet will have a “cure.” Your body’s immune system is pretty amazing, so, given time, most warts will go away on their own. However, if your wart is becoming bothersome, it may be time to try a home treatment option or see your doctor.
Most treatments take several weeks or months to work. And if a treatment works, there’s still a chance the wart can come back. Take comfort in knowing that eventually, your wart will go away.
In most cases you shouldn’t need to see a doctor about a wart. If you want a quick treatment option, try one of the many home remedies to remove the wart.
You should contact your doctor for treatment options if the wart becomes painful or doesn’t go away using home remedies. You should also see your doctor about warts if you have diabetes, poor circulation or lack of feeling in your feet, signs of infection, or a weakened immune system.