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.