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Can plantar warts grow in any parts of the body?
Thank you for contacting IPFH. Plantar warts are so-called because they occur on the plantar area (the sole, or bottom) of the foot. So the term "plantar wart" refers specifically to a wart that occurs only on the bottom of the foot. Warts that appear elsewhere on the body are called "common warts." Warts are caused by some types of the human papilloma virus (HPV). Common warts can occur anywhere on the body, but tend to occur most frequently on the hands because those are the bodily areas that we use most often, and are most frequently in contact with surfaces where the viruses can reside. Warts can be spread by direct contact with a human papillomavirus, and the infection can be spread by touching the wart and then touching other parts of the body, as well as through the sharing of towels, razors, or other personal items of people who have it. You can learn more by visiting our page on plantar warts.