Did you know that almost everyone has a plantar wart at sometime in their life? Although these fleshy bumps are unsightly, they aren’t necessarily a cause for concern. Aldo M. Gonzalez, DPM, offers safe, effective treatments to eliminate plantar warts at Ankle and Foot Center of Florida in Palm Beach Gardens. Request your appointment today by calling or clicking the online booking tool.
Plantar warts are small, skin-colored growths that develop on the heels and balls of your feet. They usually have a black dot in the middle and often go away on their own without treatment.
Plantar warts look similar to corns and calluses, but are actually contagious. Depending on their location, plantar warts can also cause severe pain and discomfort when you walk or stand.
A strain of the HPV virus causes plantar warts. The virus infiltrates your skin through small cracks and cuts in your feet. There are over 100 different types of HPV, but only a few of them cause plantar warts.
Plantar warts are incredibly common, and HPV affects everyone’s immune system differently, but there are certain factors that increase your risk, including:
You’re also more likely to develop plantar warts if you share your socks and shoes with others, or walk barefoot in public facilities like locker rooms.
To lower your risk of plantar warts, Dr. Gonzalez recommends:
You should also avoid sharing foot-related hygiene products like toenail clippers, pumice stones, and emery boards.
Dr. Gonzalez diagnoses plantar warts by performing a thorough physical exam. If necessary, he can also take a small sample from your wart and send it to a laboratory for further testing.
If your warts are small and don’t bother you, Dr. Gonzalez may recommend taking a wait-and-see approach. Oftentimes, plantar warts go away on their own without treatment.
But if your plantar warts are interfering with your mobility or quality of life, Dr. Gonzalez may recommend treatment with salicylic acid or cryotherapy. Both of these treatments are safe and effective, but you may need to return for a series of follow-up appointments.
If methods of at-home care aren’t effectively treating your plantar warts, don’t hesitate to seek professional help. Call or use the online booking tool and request your appointment at Ankle and Foot Center of Florida today.