Posts for tag: plantar warts

By Parkway Podiatry
September 25, 2018
Category: Podiatry
Tags: plantar warts  

If you are susceptible to warts on the feet find out how a podiatrist can help.

Plantar WartWarts are benign, skin-colored growths that might be a bit unattractive but otherwise shouldn’t cause any problems. Most people will develop a wart at least once during their lifetime. Of course, there are instances in which warts develop in more uncomfortable and sometimes awkward places such as the eyelids or the soles of the feet. If you have warts on your feet, known as plantar warts, you may want to know how to treat them. Our Brooklyn, NY, podiatrists Dr. Gary Saphire and Dr. Asher Rudowsky have the answer.

What causes plantar warts?

All warts are the result of an infection known as the human papillomavirus (HPV). While most people hear HPV and often think about the STD, it’s important to know that these are very different strains. The strain that develops on the feet and hands are not the same as the strain that causes genital warts.

Can you treat plantar warts at home?

If you do a quick Google search you may see that there are a ton of at-home methods and remedies for getting rid of warts. The only drawback is that many of these methods aren’t proven to work and can, in some cases, even make matters worse. This is why it’s a good idea to see your Brooklyn, NY, foot doctor if you suspect that you are dealing with plantar warts. After all, there are other kinds of growths that look similar to warts and it’s important that you are treating the issue appropriately.

Warts will go away on their own without treatment; however, this can take a couple of years. So if you find that your plantar warts are rather uncomfortable or are making it difficult to walk around then it’s time to see us. If you have diabetes it’s particularly important that you don’t try to treat the wart on your own.

How can a podiatrist help?

When a wart develops in an awkward area it might be safer to have a medical professional treat the issue. This is usually the case when it comes to plantar warts. There are a variety of ways to remove a wart including:

  • Freezing (liquid nitrogen)
  • Salicylic acid treatment (topical)
  • Cantharidin (topical)
  • Laser removal
  • Excision/Cryosurgery

If plantar warts are making it painful to stand or walk around then it’s time to turn to our podiatric specialists in Brooklyn, NY, for treatment. Treating a wart is quick and easy. Call us today to schedule a consultation with Parkway Podiatry.

Plantar Warts - Parkway Podiatry

Plantar warts are caused by a viral infection. It appears as a small, hard, grainy skin growth. In some cases, a plantar wart can grow more than an inch in diameter. Plantar warts are often mistaken for corns and calluses. Until it develops in size or spread in clusters. Some warts appear with little black dots. This is an indication of blood vessels that have surfaced up into the wart.  

Signs and Symptoms of Plantar Warts

  • Small, hard, thick skin growth with little black dots indicating blood vessels surfacing up to the wart.
  • Smooth skin surfaces often gray or brown in color
  • Pain in thick areas on the soles
  • Small, skin growths on the heel and ball of the foot
  • Plantar warts can also form clusters (mosaic warts)

Preventing Plantar Warts

Plantar warts are caused by a virus and enters the feet through cuts, wounds or blisters. It can be acquired through direct contact with the virus or wet surfaces containing infected skin.

  • Check your feet regularly for any unusual skin changes such as discolored skin surfaces or abnormal skin growth
  • The skin provides a strong physical barrier against germs and viruses. Treat wounds, cuts and blisters immediately to prevent the entry of viruses
  • Wear slippers and sandals in wet public surfaces. Public showers and lockers have wet surfaces where are commonly found
  • Wash hands regularly and never share items such as shoes or socks. Infection can be spread through direct contact with an infected person’s feet or skin.

Treating Plantar Warts

Acid – over the counter treatments for plantar warts are available. This includes the use of acids which has been proven to be one of the simplest and most effective options for plantar wart treatment. Treatment can take anywhere up to a few weeks.

Laser Treatment – intense heat from a laser emitting device is used to destroy the wart. It can be performed in the doctor’s clinic and can be performed in under an hour.

Curettage and desiccation – the area is first injected with anesthesia. The doctor then surgically removes the plantar wart which can also cause scarring. 

At Parkway Podiatry  located in Brooklyn, NY, we specialize in helping people suffering from foot conditions.  To schedule an appointment call 718-236-5253.