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Caring for Plantar Warts

Plantar warts are benign, fleshy growths that occur on the soles of the feet due to a human papillomavirus (HPV) infection. Although generally harmless, they can sometimes grow in areas that bear weight. The pressure of standing or walking may cause these warts to grow inwards, leading to discomfort or pain. Plantar warts can go away on their own, but this may take months or even years. Fortunately, there are many treatments available to speed up the recovery process. Salicylic acid can be applied to the wart to chemically remove the wart over two to three months. Cryotherapy can be used to freeze off warts. Regardless of whether you seek medical treatment or wait for the warts to go away on their own, you should wear comfortable shoes and socks to avoid irritating them. Over-the-counter medications can be taken to reduce pain, and donut-shaped felt or moleskin patches can be worn to relieve pressure on the warts. For more information, please consult with a chiropodist. 

Plantar warts can be uncomfortable or even painful. If you’re suffering from warts on your feet, please consult with one of the chiropodists from Complete Family Footcare & Therapy. Our clinicians can help you maintain the health of your lower limbs and your mobility. 

What Does a Plantar Wart Look Like? 

Plantar warts are fleshy growths that generally have a rough, grainy texture. They may look and feel like a callus and are usually small and can grow individually or in clusters. Plantar warts may have small, black dots at their center that are actually tiny blood vessels. Warts interrupt the natural lines of your skin. 

Treatment Options

  • Salicylic acid - A chemical solution applied directly to the wart

  • Cryotherapy - Freezing the wart off with liquid nitrogen

  • Minor surgery - Removing the wart through excision

  • Laser treatment - A concentrated beam of light is used to remove the wart

  • Wearing comfortable shoes and socks to avoid irritating the wart

  • Over-the-counter medications for pain relief

  • Patches to keep pressure off the warts

Plantar warts can go away on their own, but this may take several months to years. If your plantar warts are bothering you, seeking medical treatment is suggested. If you have any questions, please feel free to contact our offices located in . We offer the newest diagnostic and treatment technologies for all your foot care needs.

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