Warts are tumours or growths of the skin caused by a virus. They can occur on any part of the body and have a rough surface on which tiny, black dots can often be seen. Warts are common and harmless. However, warts on the soles may become painful on pressure or walking as they grow larger and deeper into the skin. Warts may also bleed if injured and are potentially contagious. They can spread from one part of the body to another, or to other people. Therefore it is important not to scratch the warts. Sometimes, warts may disappear by themselves, especially in children.