If warts on your feet hurt or cause embarrassment, you should meet with a podiatrist to discuss your treatment options. Podiatrists Jacob Reinkraut, DPM, FACFAS; Michelle Suh, DPM, ABPM; and Danny Gomez, DPM, FACFAS, provide medical procedures to destroy your warts much faster than store-bought options ever could. The specialists at Complete Foot and Ankle offer cryotherapy, strong salicylic acid peels, and other treatments to rid you of your undesirable condition. Schedule an appointment at the Ridgewood or Newark, New Jersey, location by calling the office or using the online scheduler.
Warts Q & A
What are plantar warts?
Plantar warts are growths on the bottom of the feet caused by the HPV virus. In many ways, plantar warts resemble calluses. However, plantar warts have a few distinguishing features from calluses, including:
- Black dots on the top layer, the ends of the blood vessel
- Pain and discomfort when walking
- Potential to spread in clusters
Why do I have plantar warts?
You can contract HPV that causes warts by walking barefoot in warm, moist environments such as locker rooms, public showers, and swimming pool decks.
When HPV causes plantar warts, it’s because the virus entered through a cut on your foot. However, everyone’s body responds differently to the virus as well, so it might cause warts for you but not for another member of your family.
The virus can also spread to multiple sites on your feet wherever the skin is broken. As such, it’s essential to avoid direct contact even with your warts, so the virus doesn’t spread.
When should I see a doctor about plantar warts?
Plantar warts are harmless, but they can cause discomfort and irritation. If over-the-counter wart remedies don’t work, you can contact a podiatrist for stronger treatment. Otherwise, it may take up to two years for your warts to go away.
You may also want to set up an appointment with a podiatrist if warts:
- Change or bleed
- Make walking and performing daily activities painful
- Continue to spread
You should also book an appointment if you have diabetes or a weakened immune system. And, of course, if you want quick and effective relief from this condition.
How do you treat plantar warts?
A variety of over-the-counter wart medications and solutions are available, but a podiatrist can provide more potent solutions and procedures. For example, the experts at Complete Foot and Ankle offer the following treatments:
- Prescription salicylic acid peels: medicated peels that remove warts layer by layer
- Cryotherapy: liquid nitrogen to freeze the wart
- Vaccine: the HPV vaccine helps treat warts
- Immunotherapy: medications and creams to help stimulate the immune system
- Trichloroacetic acid: a chemical peel which penetrates the wart to destroy it
- Laser treatment: to cut off the blood vessels to the wart, causing it to die
- Electrodesiccation and curettage: to surgically remove the wart
If you need treatment for plantar warts in the Ridgewood or Newark, New Jersey areas, contact Complete Foot and Ankle online or over the phone for an appointment.