A wart on your foot is called a plantar wart – but it’s only one of several different kinds of warts. The one thing that all warts have in common is this: they’re all caused by the human papillomavirus, also known as HPV.

HPV has been in the news a lot in recent years because the HPV vaccine is given to young girls to prevent cervical cancer. Yes, certain strains of HPV – there are more than 100 of them – can cause cancer. A wart on the bottom of your foot, however, is a very different thing.

Plantar warts are not cancerous. Sometimes they disappear on their own, without treatment. Other times, it seems like they’re going to be around for years. That’s when you need Fairfax County board-certified podiatrist Dr. Kenneth R. Wilhelm to step in and treat them.

Age and gender not a factor

Plantar warts are most common among kids and teenagers. But we do treat warts on the feet of people of all ages, both boys and girls, and men and women. These folks have somehow come in contact with the HPV virus. That might be from walking barefoot in a public area such as a pool deck or locker room. The virus enters through any small crack in the skin.

Wart characteristics

Once infected, the skin becomes thick and callus-like. The size of the affected area varies, making a wart as small as the head of a pin or as large as a quarter. As you walk, a wart tends to flatten out, but it stays thick and rough. The callus-like bump often appears with tiny black dots. Warts are uncomfortable, even painful!


When you come to Clifton Foot & Ankle Center, Dr. Wilhelm has a number of tools at his disposal to eliminate your persistent wart. He may advise prescription medications, laser cauterization (burning), or removal through a minor surgical procedure.

So if you’re suffering from a persistent plantar wart or warts, get relief by making an appointment with us at our office in Centreville, VA. Click here to contact us online or call us at (703) 996-3000.

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