Foot warts, or plantar warts, affect around 15% of Americans today. Plantar warts start with a virus that may spread through your foot if you don’t get treatment. At Stockdale Podiatry Group, with locations in Bakersfield, Delano, and Porterville, California, the caring podiatrists can quickly diagnose plantar warts. Then, they’ll implement a treatment plan to help eliminate the virus and clear your feet of warts. Set up your appointment by calling the office nearest you or using the online booking tool.
Warts are skin growths triggered by human papillomavirus (HPV). In your feet, the most common kind of warts are plantar warts. This form of wart usually appears on your heels or the balls of your feet.
Plantar warts don’t resemble hand warts. Common symptoms of plantar warts include:
If you don’t treat plantar warts, they can keep growing to an inch or more in width.
Because plantar warts usually grow on the weight-bearing parts of your foot, they are pushed deeper into the foot whenever you stand or walk. This can cause sharp pain.
You can develop plantar warts after contact with HPV. The most common way to develop plantar warts is through tiny abrasions or cuts on the bottom of your feet.
If you walk barefoot in any area where HPV lurks — including swimming pools, gym locker rooms, and other warm wet places — you’re at a higher risk of developing plantar warts.
The best plantar warts treatments address the problem at its source, which means eradicating the HPV virus. There are a few ways to do this, including:
Peeling treatments, such as salicylic acid or trichloroacetic acid, trigger the wart to peel off in layers.
Cryotherapy means freezing infected tissue with topical liquid nitrogen. After treatment, a blister encases the wart before the dead tissue shrivels and falls off after around a week.
During laser wart removal, your doctor cauterizes (burns) the wart tissue and destroys the virus within it. Laser wart removal may be particularly useful for larger plantar warts that resist other treatments.
During electrodessication and curettage, an in-office minor surgery, your podiatric physician uses an electric needle to cut the infected wart off. As with laser wart removal, this method is generally best for warts that don’t respond to other treatments.
Stockdale Podiatry Group offers a variety of treatments to successfully fight even the toughest foot warts.
Book your appointment for plantar wart removal by calling the Stockdale Podiatry Group office nearest you or clicking the online appointment tool.