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Warts are small, noncancerous growths that develop when your skin becomes infected with one of the multiple human papillomaviruses (HPV). The virus that gets into your skin results in extra cell growth, hardening the outer layer of the skin. The specific appearance of the wart depends on its location on the body and the thickness of the skin in that area.

Who Develops Warts?

Everyone’s immune system reacts differently to different HPV strains, so the predictability of wart development is low. However, if you cut or damage your skin in some way, your chances of developing a wart increase. Warts are more commonly developed in children and teens, as 1 in 3 children and teenagers have some sort of wart while only 3-5 percent of adults have some sort of warts. As the immune system ages, it is better able to protect against the development of warts.

Types of Warts

Our podiatrist in Joliet treats many different types of warts, although some are more common than others. The five major types of warts are as follows:

  • Common warts: these typically develop on your fingers and toes, but they can appear elsewhere. They have a rounded, rough, grainy appearance and are greyer than the surrounding skin.
  • Plantar warts: this type of wart develops on the soles of the feet and they grow into your skin instead of out of it. They appear as small holes surrounded by hardened skin, and they can make simple activities like walking uncomfortable.
  • Filiform warts: these often grow around your mouth, nose and sometimes on the neck. They’re small and resemble a skin tag.
  • Periungual warts: this type of wart grows under and around the toenails and fingernails, often painful and impacting nail growth.

Are Warts Contagious?

Yes! Warts are highly contagious and can be passed by skin-to-skin contact. If you have warts and touch them only to touch another area of your body, you could be at risk for spreading warts. Make sure to avoid skin-to-skin contact with others and wash your hands regularly to keep the risk of infection low.

When to See a Podiatrist

Warts often go away on their own, but there are certain circumstances that are best treated by visiting our podiatrist in Joliet. Any time a wart is on a sensitive part of your body, you’ll want to visit our team to treat it. If it is changing colors, painful or you see signs of bleeding or infection, you’ll want to schedule an appointment with a professional.

Our team has the solutions you need to eliminate your warts to return you a happy, comfortable and confident lifestyle. Schedule an appointment with our team if you are suffering from pesky warts.

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Two Convenient Locations


15724 S. Rt 59 Unit 100

Plainfield, IL 60544

815-439-1188 phone

815-439-2453 fax

Illinois Podiatric Medical Association


215 Remington Blvd., Suite A2

Bolingbrook, IL 60440

630-226-9860 phone

815-439-2453 fax

American Podiatric Medical Association