Plantar warts are a manifestation of the human papillomavirus (HPV) on your feet. They’re usually on the bottom of your feet, which can make it very uncomfortable to stand or walk. The podiatry care professionals at Central Jersey Ankle & Foot Care Specialists in Aberdeen, New Jersey, have plantar wart solutions to get you walking pain-free again. Book online or by phone now.
Plantar warts are warts on the heels or balls of your feet. Uncommonly, they can appear on the side or top of your feet. Plantar warts often start quite small, but can eventually grow to an inch wide. It's fairly common for plantar warts to grow together in small clusters, which are called mosaic warts.
If you have plantar warts, you might feel like there's a pebble stuck in your shoe all the time. Untreated, plantar warts can become quite painful as they grow. Eventually, you might alter your gait to avoid the pain, which may introduce brand-new problems like corns and calluses.
Plantar warts often resemble calluses because they're thickened rounds of skin. Sometimes, plantar warts have small dark spots in their center. These spots are dried blood caused by the pressure of walking on the warts. Plantar warts might look bumpy like other warts, but not always. They may be fairly flat due to the constant pressure of standing and walking.
Plantar warts are caused by HPV, which is the same virus responsible for other types of warts. Usually, HPV gets into your body via tiny lacerations in your skin. Walking barefoot in warm, humid areas like locker rooms or swimming pools is one common way to pick up the HPV virus through your feet.
Your Central Jersey Ankle & Foot Care Specialists podiatrist can prescribe topical treatments, laser therapy, cryotherapy (freezing the warts off), or other noninvasive or minimally invasive treatments to remove your plantar warts.
Never try to excise warts on your own at home. Over-the-counter remedies can be dangerous because they're unregulated and often untested. The Central Jersey Ankle & Foot Care Specialists podiatry care team uses only proven and highly effective solutions for plantar warts and other foot and ankle problems.
There's no reason to live with plantar warts. Your Central Jersey Ankle & Foot Care Specialists podiatrist is ready to treat the warts and restore your feet. Book your appointment online or by calling the office now.