Plantar warts are usually small, but they can cause big pain because they’re in the worst possible place: the bottom of your foot. At Ankle & Foot Associates, LLC, with 12 locations throughout Southern Georgia and South Carolina, the podiatric care team has 40-plus years of experience and is ready to help you. If you need treatment for plantar warts, call the office nearest you or request an appointment online at any time.
Plantar warts are small, painful warts that grow on the bottom of the foot. Plantar warts generally appear in two places, the ball and the sole of the foot. Untreated, plantar warts can grow to an inch wide, and may also grow together into clusters. If you scratch or rub the warts, they can spread quickly.
Plantar warts are usually flat and hard, so they’re less bumpy-looking than the warts you may have on your hands. In fact, plantar warts can become almost completely smooth over time because walking on them pushes the tissue inwards. Usually, plantar warts are gray or brown, and they often have tiny black specks in the middle, which are tiny ruptured blood vessels.
Plantar warts can be quite painful. You may experience a sharp pain whenever you walk, and you could also have stinging or burning along with the pain.
Plantar warts are caused by the human papillomavirus (HPV). In most cases, the virus enters your body through microscopic lacerations or abrasions on the bottom of your foot. Walking shoeless is the most common way to get HPV that leads to plantar warts.
This virus blossoms in warm, wet areas, so it’s quite common to be exposed to get plantar warts from swimming pools, locker rooms, and other communal facilities of this type.
The team at Ankle & Foot Associates, LLC, includes highly experienced podiatrists who can tailor a plantar wart treatment to relieve your pain.
Oftentimes, a prescription wart removal solution made of salicylic acid is the first treatment option. Usually, you apply this medication topically at home, and the wart peels away in layers.
Freezing, also called cryotherapy, is done on-site at Ankle & Foot Associates. This treatment typically starts with applying liquid nitrogen to your wart to freeze it. Over the next week, the wart tissue comes loose and falls off. You may need multiple cryotherapy treatments.
Your podiatrist at Ankle & Foot Associates, LLC, can surgically remove the wart if needed. This option is usually the last resort after other methods fail. Your podiatrist uses local anesthesia for this procedure.
Other options are also available, including medications that help your immune system fight the HPV virus more effectively. Your podiatrist discusses the options with you and tailors the treatment for your particular situation.
Reach out to Ankle & Foot Associates, LLC, by phone or request an appointment online to get help for your plantar warts.