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HPV Strains and Plantar Warts

Tuesday, 14 November 2023 00:00

Human Papilloma Virus, or HPV, is a large family of viruses, with over 150 types, and it is common for individuals to contract at least one type during their lifetime. Symptoms vary depending on the HPV strain, and while approximately 75 percent of HPV types cause common warts, others lead to more serious conditions. Often, HPV shows no symptoms, making some of its effects silent. For instance, plantar warts are a lesser known manifestation of HPV. They develop under the pressure points of the feet, such as the heels or the balls of the feet, and can be identified by their hard, grainy texture. Although they can be painful due to their location, some individuals may not notice them if they are not causing discomfort. It is advisable to examine your feet regularly, checking for any new growths or changes, including warts, as they could indicate an HPV infection. If you find you have a wart on your foot, it is suggested that you make an appointment with a podiatrist to have it examined and treated as necessary.

Plantar warts can be very uncomfortable. If you need your feet checked, contact Dr. Richard DiMario from Maine. Our doctor will assist you with all of your foot and ankle needs.

About Plantar Warts

Plantar warts are the result of HPV, or human papillomavirus, getting into open wounds on the feet. They are mostly found on the heels or balls of the feet.

While plantar warts are generally harmless, those experiencing excessive pain or those suffering from diabetes or a compromised immune system require immediate medical care. Plantar warts are easily diagnosed, usually through scraping off a bit of rough skin or by getting a biopsy.


  • Lesions on the bottom of your feet, usually rough and grainy
  • Hard or thick callused spots
  • Wart seeds, which are small clotted blood vessels that look like little black spots
  • Pain, discomfort, or tenderness of your feet when walking or standing


  • Freezing
  • Electric tool removal
  • Laser Treatment
  • Topical Creams (prescription only)
  • Over-the-counter medications

To help prevent developing plantar warts, avoid walking barefoot over abrasive surfaces that can cause cuts or wounds for HPV to get into. Avoiding direct contact with other warts, as well as not picking or rubbing existing warts, can help prevent the further spread of plantar warts. However, if you think you have developed plantar warts, speak to your podiatrist. He or she can diagnose the warts on your feet and recommend the appropriate treatment options.

If you have any questions please feel free to contact our office located in York, ME . We offer the newest diagnostic and treatment technologies for all your foot and ankle needs.

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