Plantar Warts Specialist

Foot and Ankle Institute of Colorado

Board Certified Podiatrist Foot & Ankle Surgeon & Podiatric Medicine and Surgery located in Colorado Springs, CO

Warts are never welcomed anywhere on your body, but plantar warts are especially uncomfortable because they affect the bottom of your feet. If you feel the pain of plantar warts with every step, board-certified podiatrists Matthew Hinderland, DPM, and Jordan Cameron, DPM, at Foot and Ankle Institute of Colorado can help. You can be free of the annoyance of plantar warts with a quick in-office procedure at the Colorado Springs or Monument, Colorado, office. Book an appointment online or call today.

Plantar Warts Q & A

What are plantar warts?

Plantar warts are growths on the soles of your feet. This type of wart spreads quickly and often grows in clusters. Because you stand and walk on plantar warts, they can be quite painful. Having plantar warts may feel like you're continually walking with pebbles stuck in your shoe. 

Plantar warts often have small burst blood vessels that look like tiny black dots in the middle of the growth. They're generally much flatter than other warts because you push on them with your body weight every day.

It's quite common to develop calluses, thick pads of rough skin, over plantar warts. The calluses push plantar warts deeper into your foot and intensify the pain.

Why do I have plantar warts?

Plantar warts occur because of human papillomavirus (HPV). Little cuts or scrapes on the sole of your feet could allow HPV to breach your skin and grow into a plantar wart. You are most likely to contract HPV in public showers, swimming pools, and gym locker rooms.

You can also get plantar warts if your feet directly touch an affected person's feet. It's even possible to transfer plantar warts from one of your feet to the other through direct contact.

How can I get rid of plantar warts?

Plantar wart treatment at Foot and Ankle Institute of Colorado is easy and straightforward. The team can take a few different approaches, which include:

  • Cryotherapy
  • Laser therapy
  • Paring calluses
  • Topical acid solution
  • Surgical wart removal under local anesthesia

Sometimes, you may need a combination treatment to remove your plantar warts permanently. Plantar warts can be quite persistent because the Human Papilloma Virus can linger in your body. It's crucial to complete all recommended treatment and take steps to avoid plantar wart recurrence.


It's essential to wear shoes in public places after your treatments to prevent reinfection. Keep your feet clean and dry, and if you notice any new growths, visit the team for an exam as soon as possible.

For painless plantar wart treatment, call the Foot and Ankle Institute of Colorado office nearest you or use the online scheduling tool.