What Causes Plantar Warts?

Plantar Warts

Afraid of witches and frogs? Think warts only come from Halloween grannies and amphibians?

Think Again.

All warts, from plantar warts to common warts, flat wars, and even the lesser known filiform warts are caused by the same thing. So what causes plantar warts? Human Papilloma Virus (HPV). Well, that and a “boo-boo.” The HPV virus is everywhere and just loves human gathering joints like showers and locker rooms. Places where large groups of people have open skin exposed and think nothing of sharing a towel.

Since what causes plantar warts is an invisible virus, and nobody at the gym is going to sport a neon sign indicating that by drying your hands after them, you’re going to pick up a skin buddy, wart treatment ends up being wholly reactive instead of proactive.

Although not necessarily a direct cause, human contact directly contributes to what causes plantar warts on hands. On hands as well as feet, as they are primarily spread via person to person contact, warts are rapidly passed around. Unfortunately, most people don’t know they have a wart until it ruins a mani/pedi, or they think they have a rock in their shoe, and so while there is little that can be done in the way of prevention, treatments for warts and wart removal products, have come a long way.

Since what causes plantar warts is a virus, even removal of the actual, pain causing plantar wart doesn’t mean your wart woes are over. That same nuisance can pop right back up, or send one of its Pals to ruin your hiking plans. Prompt treatment, and medical care if necessary, is required to fend off warts. Therapy including salicylic acid, cryotherapy, duct tape and even laser therapy are all options for plantar warts.

What causes plantar warts is one of the most common viruses known, and it’s not going anywhere anytime soon. And while folk tales of witches and frogs passing on their crusty skin lesions persist, the only truth to their origins in the actual realm of wart transmission is that the virus that causes them is communicable. So go ahead, and kiss a frog, or a witch, you have just as much chance of getting a wart with them as you do after a workout at your local gym.