Warts are a skin growth that commonly occurs on the hands or fingers. They are caused by the human papillomavirus (HPV) in areas of the skin that have cuts or scrapes and makes it vulnerable to infections. Plantar Warts are the same as the common warts just described; however, they appear on the bottom of the feet.
Common warts do not usually need any treatment and go away on their own, but plantar warts can make it painful to walk and force patients to seek out a doctor to find out how to remove the warts. Plantar wart treatment options include freezing the wart or a small surgical procedure performed in the doctor’s office. If you are concerned that you might have a common wart or a plantar wart, call us at 561-793-6170 today to schedule a consultation with one of our experienced podiatrists in West Palm Beach or at any of our 6 locations.
What are Warts?
Warts are skin growths that are noncancerous. The growths known as common warts usually appear on the hands or fingers as a result of the human papillomavirus (HPV) getting through tiny cracks or cuts in your skin. Sometimes you will notice little black dots on the wart; they are small clotted blood vessels. Plantar warts are common warts that appear on the soles of feet. Risk factors for getting a wart include people with a weakened immune system, as well as children and young adults.
Symptoms of Warts
Common warts are usually not painful or serious and do not require treatment. Patients usually want to know how to remove warts because of the way they look. However, plantar warts are under a lot of pressure, so they usually form a callus and start to grow inward.
Treatment for Warts
Common warts do not require any treatment in most cases since they do not pose any health threat to patients. Most people have a wart removed for cosmetic reasons. Common warts usually go away without treatment or removal, but others may appear. Plantar warts are quite different story. Patients often seek out treatment or plantar wart removal because it is painful since it is located at the bottom of your feet and are under a great deal of pressure on a daily basis. Treatment options include freezing off the wart or a small surgical procedure to remove the plantar wart completely.
What should you expect when visiting South Florida Foot & Ankle Centers for plantar wart treatment? Visiting a podiatrist doesn’t need to be stressful. Our goal is to work with you and relieve your discomfort. The doctor can usually diagnose a wart just by examining your feet. In some cases the doctor may need to scrape a small sample of skin for analysis and confirmation of the diagnosis. Our doctors have clinical experience and expertise in dealing with all different kinds of conditions that affect the legs and feet. Rest assured that you can trust their knowledge and experience as they work with you toward treatment goals involving better health of your feet, ankles, and knees.