What causes warts?

It is fairly common to wonder what causes warts. We will start by letting you know it doesn’t have anything to do with frogs or toads. Instead, warts are caused by a virus, specifically the human papillomavirus (HPV). This virus is most often found in warm, damp environments—locker rooms, showering areas, pool decks, sweaty feet—and has over 100 different strands.

Not all strands of HPV cause warts, and even the same strand might cause a wart for one individual, but not another person. In addition to the virus, though, there also has to be a path into the body for a wart to grow. Given the fact viruses are microscopic, this means the skin break doesn’t even have to be large or visible.

Warts could possible go away on their own over time, but you don’t have to wait for this to happen (which is good because it can take years). Instead of experiencing discomfort or tenderness on your foot due to a wart, reach out to our medical experts at Foot & Ankle Associates of Florida and we can safely remove it for you. Call us at 407-339-7759 or 352-589-9550 (if calling from Lake County) and request your appointment at any of our Orlando, Altamonte Springs, Lake Mary, Kissimmee, or Tavares offices today.