Plantar warts are caused by an infection with the human papillomavirus (HPV) in the outer layer of skin on the soles of your feet. There are more than 100 types of HPV, but only a few types are known to cause warts on your feet.
The viruses thrive in warm, moist environments — such as shower floors, locker rooms and public swimming areas. Consequently, you may contract the virus by walking barefoot around pools or gyms.
The virus also needs to have a point of entry into the skin, such as:
If the virus spreads from the original site of infection, multiple warts may appear. These may include:
No matter how well you take care of your skin, there is unfortunately no foolproof way to avoid getting warts. There are some steps you can take to reduce your chances of getting or spreading them.
Here’s how you can reduce your risk of getting warts:
Warts are benign (not cancerous) skin growths that appear when a virus infects the top layer of the skin. Viruses that cause warts are called human papillomavirus (HPV). You are more likely to get one of these viruses if you cut or damage your skin in some way. Wart viruses are contagious.
Avoid spreading warts by:
No matter how hard you try, you’re bound to get a wart at one time or another. But don’t worry, Compound W® is available so you can treat warts at home and get back to looking and feeling great.