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What Causes the Seeds in Seed Warts?

A seed wart can result when an individual comes into direct contact with the human papillomavirus, or HPV. This skin growth can be quite unsightly and typically forms on the bottom, or sole, of the foot. They are characterized by the presence of very small black dots, known as seeds, in the center of the wart. Interestingly, these seeds are not really seeds in the traditional use of the word. Rather, these seeds are actually just tiny blood vessels that have become clotted. Therefore, although these tiny dots might look like seeds, they are in fact just blood vessels. The virus that causes seed warts is extremely contagious and can be spread by skin-to-skin contact and by other means. If you are someone that may have a seed wart, it is strongly suggested that you schedule an appointment with a podiatrist as quickly as possible who can analyze and address your foot problem.

Plantar warts can be very uncomfortable. If you need your feet checked, contact one of our podiatrists from Westside Podiatry Center, LLP. Our doctors will assist you with all of your foot and ankle needs.

About Plantar Warts

Plantar warts are the result of HPV, or human papillomavirus, getting into open wounds on the feet. They are mostly found on the heels or balls of the feet.

While plantar warts are generally harmless, those experiencing excessive pain or those suffering from diabetes or a compromised immune system require immediate medical care. Plantar warts are easily diagnosed, usually through scraping off a bit of rough skin or by getting a biopsy.


  • Lesions on the bottom of your feet, usually rough and grainy
  • Hard or thick callused spots
  • Wart seeds, which are small clotted blood vessels that look like little black spots
  • Pain, discomfort, or tenderness of your feet when walking or standing


  • Freezing
  • Electric tool removal
  • Laser Treatment
  • Topical Creams (prescription only)
  • Over-the-counter medications

To help prevent developing plantar warts, avoid walking barefoot over abrasive surfaces that can cause cuts or wounds for HPV to get into. Avoiding direct contact with other warts, as well as not picking or rubbing existing warts, can help prevent the further spread of plantar warts. However, if you think you have developed plantar warts, speak to your podiatrist. He or she can diagnose the warts on your feet and recommend the appropriate treatment options.

If you have any questions please feel free to contact one of our offices located in Liverpool, Camillus, Skaneateles, Oswego, and Cicero, NY . We offer the newest diagnostic and treatment technologies for all your foot and ankle needs.

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