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What Are Plantar Warts?

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Plantar warts are small, rough growths on the sole of the feet caused by HPV, or the human papillomavirus, entering the skin through minor cuts or abrasions. These warts can be painful, especially when walking or standing. They may appear as single growths or in clusters. Over-the-counter treatments, like salicylic acid patches or gels, can be effective in gradually dissolving plantar warts over time. However, some cases are stubborn and necessitate professional intervention. If you or your child have a plantar wart that is painful or will not go away, it is suggested that you make an appointment with a podiatrist for treatment options that might include freezing the wart, laser therapy, or a minor surgical procedure to permanently remove it. 

Plantar warts can be very uncomfortable. If you need your feet checked, contact Dr. Barbara Davis from Gilbert Podiatry. Our doctor 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.

Symptoms

  • 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

Treatment

  • 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 our office located in Gilbert, PA . We offer the newest diagnostic and treatment technologies for all your foot and ankle needs.

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