Most people experience foot warts at some point in their lives. Though warts may go away on their own or with at-home care, they can be a painful, persistent problem. At Premier Foot & Ankle, the experienced podiatrists treat plantar warts with prescription medication and in-office treatments. For your convenience, there are conveniently located offices in McKinney, Dallas, Frisco, Allen, Mesquite, Celina, Sherman and Plano, Texas. Schedule an appointment online or over the phone.
Plantar warts are growths on the soles of your feet, usually the weight-bearing parts of your foot, including your heels and the balls of your feet.
They’re circular and flat, though the surface looks and feels somewhat bumpy. The warts are similar to the same color as your skin but also may contain tiny black spots.
The growths may look like calluses, causing the skin in the affected area to thicken and harden in a similar fashion. Though you may simply dislike the way your warts look, they can also cause pain and discomfort. Your symptoms may get worse when you walk or stand.
Plantar warts are caused by human papillomavirus (HPV), the most common viral skin infection. HPV can cause warts on various parts of your body and is commonly found in locker rooms and swimming pools.
The virus only affects the top layer of your skin. HPV can enter your body more easily if your skin has cracks or cuts.
Plantar warts are most common among adolescents and elderly people, though they can affect people of all ages. Note that the strain of HPV that causes plantar warts is not the same HPV as the STD of the same name. Unlike that type of HPV, there is no vaccine for plantar warts.
Some cases of plantar warts are treatable with over-the-counter topical medication, such as a gel, ointment, or cream. These medications may contain salicylic acid, which gradually peels the wart off.
Schedule an appointment at Premier Foot & Ankle if your warts haven’t improved after a few days with at-home care, if they’re painful, or if they’ve spread.
Your podiatrist can prescribe a topical treatment that’s stronger than what you can purchase over-the-counter. This may be enough to treat your warts.
Depending on the severity of your warts, your podiatrist may recommend an in-office treatment. Options include laser therapy to remove the warts and cryotherapy, which involves freezing the warts with liquid nitrogen. Usually, you need multiple treatment sessions to fully remove your warts.
To get treatment for plantar warts, call Premier Foot & Ankle or use the online booking tool.