Academy Road

10431 Academy Road Unit M

Philadelphia, PA 19114

Red Lion Rd Location

10800 Knight's Road (3998 Red Lion), Suite 212

Philadelphia, PA 19114

215-612-2072

Pratt Street Location

1546 Pratt St.

Philadelphia, PA 19124

215-533-8555

Jefferson Health System/Torresdale Campus
10800 Knight's Road (3998 Red Lion) , Suite 212
Philadelphia, PA 19114
Tel: 215-824-4141
Fax: 215-824-3640

Academy Road

10431 Academy Road Unit M
Philadelphia, PA 19114
Tel: 215-612-2072

Pratt Street
1546 Pratt Street
Philadelphia, PA 19124
Tel: 215-533-2600
Fax: 215-533-8656

Jefferson Health System/Torresdale Campus
10800 Knight's Road (3998 Red Lion) , Suite 212
Philadelphia, PA 19114
Tel: 215-824-4141
Fax: 215-824-3640

Academy Road

10431 Academy Road Unit M
Philadelphia, PA 19114
Tel: 215-612-2072

Pratt Street
1546 Pratt Street
Philadelphia, PA 19124
Tel: 215-533-2600
Fax: 215-533-8656

Plantar Warts

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Plantar warts are benign (noncancerous) growths that occur on the sole, heel, or ball of the foot. Most plantar warts are diagnosed based on their appearance. They are generally rough and spongy, and most are gray, brown, or yellow with dark pinpoints—these are typically tiny capillaries that supply blood to the wart.

Plantar warts can occur when the human papilloma virus (HPV) invades the body through the skin on the bottom of the feet typically through cuts or breaks. The virus often is present on contaminated surfaces, such as the tile floors of public locker rooms, showers, and swimming pools.

Some individuals are more prone to the virus that causes plantar warts than other people. Risk factors include:


  • Repeated HPV exposure. For example, walking barefoot in public locker rooms and common public areas.
  • Having a weakened immune system.

In some cases, the virus can be transmitted to the feet from other areas of the body. This is called remote location seeding.

When first diagnosed, individuals often feel a “lump” on the bottom of the foot when standing, similar to having a stone in the shoe. If left untreated, plantar warts can grow up to 1 inch in circumference and may spread into clusters (called mosaic warts). In severe cases, they cause a change in gait or posture that results in leg or back pain.

If you suffer from plantar warts, visit your podiatrist to find effective treatment options for you.

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