Understanding & Plantar Wart Removal Options
What are Plantar Warts?
Plantar warts are warts that appear on the sole or other weight-bearing areas of the feet, often causing pain and tenderness when walking. Plantar warts are caused by a virus that enters the body through tiny cuts or breaks on the bottom of the feet. If you have on and are considering plantar wart removal, schedule a consultation online today with one of our premier podiatrists in South Florida to explore the treatments for plantar wart removal.
What Causes Plantar Warts?
Plantar warts are caused by an infection when the human papillomavirus (HPV) invades the skin through small cuts or abrasions. The virus is transmittable, so not wearing shower shoes in public bathrooms and walking barefoot in public can cause a person to contract the virus and develop plantar warts.
What are the Symptoms of Plantar Warts?
- A small, fleshy, rough, grainy growth or lesion on the bottom of your foot
- A callus or thickened skin on the skin where a wart has grown inward
- Wart seeds or black pinpoints that are small clotted blood vessels
- Pain or tenderness when walking or standing
Plantar Wart Removal
Most plantar warts are painless and go away on their own, but your podiatrist may prescribe plantar wart removal procedures such as:
- Salicylic acid: Removes layers of the wart over time and helps the immune system fight the wart.
- Cryotherapy: Liquid nitrogen is applied to the wart, and the dead tissue falls off within a week or so.
- Laser removal: The tiny blood vessels are closed, and the infected tissue eventually dies.
- Topical treatments: Gels, ointments, and lotions are used to peel the wart off over time.
How to Prevent Plantar Warts
Taking the following steps can help reduce your risk of plantar warts:
- Avoid walking barefoot.
- Avoid contact with warts, even your own.
- Keep your feet dry and clean by changing your socks daily.
- Don't use possibly infected hygiene tools on healthy skin and nails.
If you are experiencing plantar wart symptoms, schedule an appointment online or over the phone at 305.853.5151 with one of our premier podiatrists in South Florida to explore the proper plantar wart removal treatment for you.
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