Explore How We Can Assist in Relieving Plantar Warts.

Plantar warts, caused by the human papillomavirus (HPV), are skin growths that commonly develop on the soles of feet. Although these growths typically vanish on their own, seeking professional care from a podiatrist may be necessary if they cause discomfort or hinder daily activities.

Understanding the Causes
HPV is the primary culprit behind plantar warts, transmitted through direct contact or moist environments like swimming pools and locker rooms. The virus enters the skin through cuts or breaks, leading to wart formation.

Identifying Signs and Symptoms
Plantar warts often manifest as small, grainy growths on the sole of the foot, with possible inward growth resulting in calluses. Additionally, black dots (wart seeds) may be visible within the lesion, accompanied by discomfort or pain while standing or walking.

When to Consult a Podiatrist
If self-treatments fail to yield results or the warts become painful, consulting a podiatrist is advisable. Individuals with diabetes, circulation issues, or weakened immune systems should seek professional care promptly.

Diagnostic Procedures
Podiatrists diagnose plantar warts through visual inspection and may conduct a shave biopsy for confirmation. This procedure involves removing a portion of the lesion for further examination.

Treatment Options
Podiatrists may recommend prescription-strength wart medications containing salicylic acid or cryotherapy, which involves freezing the wart with liquid nitrogen. In some cases, surgery using an electric needle or laser treatment may be necessary for wart removal.

Preventive Measures
To minimize the risk of developing plantar warts, avoid walking barefoot in moist areas, maintain foot hygiene, change socks regularly, and refrain from sharing pumice stones or similar products. Additionally, refrain from picking or scratching warts to prevent viral spread and other foot irritations.

Find relief from plantar warts with our professional podiatric care. Contact us today to schedule an appointment and address your foot health concerns effectively.