Warts are a common occurrence in life, but that does not mean they cannot
be treated. Podiatrists, also known as foot doctors, can treat the
plantar warts that develop on the soles of your feet, causing great discomfort. If your
feet have been in pain, and you think you may have warts, then you should
make an appointment to see your podiatrist soon.
Plantar warts are similar to warts you may develop elsewhere on your body,
but they may change in shape, color, and size the longer they remain on
your feet. Typically, a wart will look like a fleshy growth on the bottom
of your foot. Since plantar warts are located on the bottom of the foot,
they may get pushed into the skin and develop a type of callus that covers
the area. You may also notice tiny black spots where blood vessels have
formed to deliver blood to the wart. The wart can become painful, as if
you have a rock in your shoe whenever you walk or stand.
Many times, a plantar wart will disappear on its own, but this may take
over a year. There are some over-the-counter medications that can treat
the area, but if the warts return or the treatment did not get rid of
them, then visit your podiatrist. Your foot doctor may prescribe one of
several medications or therapies, depending on the severity of the condition.
Common treatments include an application of a peeling or freezing medication.
Other treatments may include topical acids, minor surgery to remove the
wart, or the human papillomavirus (HPV) vaccine.
To prevent any type of wart infection, you should avoid contact with anyone’s
warts, including your own. Use disposable emery boards, or refrain from
using one that was used by someone else. Wear foot protection around pools
or recreation centers where warts have been found.
If you have been suffering from
bunions, fungus, or plantar warts in Whitestone, then call Family Foot Doctor at (718) 767-5555. With Dr.
Stanley Zawada, you will receive complete care and understanding about
any and all of your foot concerns.