Yes, plantar warts are contagious. They are not, however, highly contagious. While they can pass from person to person, you are more likely to contract one by picking up the virus in the environment around you. Places with warm, damp atmospheres like public pools or locker rooms are prime grounds for spreading warts, so remember to protect your feet with sandals or shower shoes.
These growths are caused a strain of the human papilloma virus (HPV). Everyone’s immune system responds to the virus differently, so even if you are exposed to someone’s wart, you are not guaranteed to develop one. It does require a moist environment and a way to enter the body - so if you have frequently sweaty feet and a cut or crack in your skin, you do have a higher risk of acquiring one. If you have noticed a skin growth on the bottom of your foot, don’t wait and let it become uncomfortable before having it investigated and taken care of by Dr. Evan Merrill. Contact Southern Oregon Foot & Ankle, L.L.C. for an appointment or more information today. Your feet will be glad you did! You can easily reach our office by calling (541) 776-3338.