Plantar warts usually aren’t a serious medical condition, but they can be painful. And over-the-counter treatments are notoriously ineffective. The expert podiatry team at the offices of Robert J. Landy, D.P.M. and Dr. Rachel B. Perl in West Islip and Hicksville, New York, can get rid of your plantar warts and help you prevent new ones from forming in the future. To learn more, book an appointment online or over the phone today.
Plantar warts, also known as verrucas, are small growths that can appear on the bottoms of your feet. Although most warts are harmless, plantar warts that develop on the weight-bearing soles of your feet may cause pain and difficulty walking normally.
Plantar warts are usually hard and flat growths of rough skin with well-defined boundaries. These growths may have black pinpoints in the center, which are the ends of tiny blood vessels.
Warts may disappear on their own and then reappear spontaneously several months later in the same location. Often, plantar warts spread to other areas of the foot. They may grow in a cluster or appear as a large wart surrounded by smaller warts.
Like other warts, plantar warts result from infection of the human papillomavirus. The virus thrives in moist, warm environments, such as in locker rooms or your shoes.
The human papillomavirus can invade your body through tiny cuts or weak spots in the skin of your feet. For this reason, walking barefoot can increase your chances of developing a plantar wart.
Plantar warts are contagious, so it’s possible to get one from direct contact with another wart. Scratching or picking at a plantar wart may cause it to spread.
Over-the-counter wart treatments can often damage surrounding skin, so it’s important to seek professional care at Robert J. Landy, D.P.M. for effective wart removal.
First, Dr. Landy or a member of his team will carefully examine your foot to make sure the growth is a wart. Sometimes, calluses or corns can resemble warts.
Then, they’ll recommend the best course of treatment for your condition. Warts are very resistant to treatment, so expert care is essential. They may recommend one or more of the following treatments for your wart:
In addition to removing your wart, Dr. Landy and his team will provide you with information on how to prevent future warts, such as:
To get relief from plantar warts, call Robert J. Landy, D.P.M. or book an appointment online today.