Plantar warts are bumpy growths that occur on the heels or balls of the feet. They can grow in clusters or as a single wart and are caused by the HPV virus. The virus can enter the body through cuts or weak spots on the bottoms of your feet. Plantar warts can be treated by a variety of options and may go away on their own. Some warts, however, may be difficult to treat and can return without proper treatment by a podiatrist experienced with skin disorders.
When to See Our Grapevine Podiatrist
A plantar wart is a small, fleshy growth that may look like a corn or a callus. Some signs that you may have a plantar wart include:
- Appearance that is gray or brown in color
- A center with a black pinpoint spot
- Hard thickened skin over the spot
- Pain or tenderness when standing or walking
In some cases, plantar warts can go away on their own. Since plantar warts are caused by the HPV virus and are contagious, they can spread from person to person. If you have the following signs, contact our Grapevine podiatrist for an examination:
- Changes in appearance or color
- Recurrence after treatment or is multiplying
- Redness or warmth
- Pain with daily activities
In addition, if you have a condition such as diabetes or poor circulation or have a weakened immune system, consult with our Grapevine podiatrist for an evaluation of the wart.
Treating Plantar Warts
Depending on the severity of the plantar wart, it may be treated at home. For proper treatment recommendations, see our Grapevine podiatrist. Our experienced foot specialists can examine your feet and determine if the spot is definitely a plantar wart and recommend treatment options based on the extent of the condition.
Common treatment options for plantar warts include the following:
- Trimming and medication. A podiatrist can trim or shave away dead skin from a plantar wart then apply a topical medication. In addition, an oral antifungal or antibacterial medication may be prescribed by your doctor.
- Cryosurgery. A wart can be frozen off by our Grapevine podiatrist using cryosurgery with a liquid nitrogen solution. This method will destroy the tissue of the wart.
- Injection. A podiatrist can inject medication directly into the wart to get rid of it.
- Laser treatments. Laser treatments can target the wart to eliminate it and promote healing.
- Surgery. A wart can be dissected and surgically removed by a podiatrist using a variety of techniques.
Contact Our Grapevine Podiatrist for Diagnosis and Treatment Today!
If you have plantar warts, contact Alliance Foot & Ankle Specialists for a consultation with our Keller or Grapevine podiatrist. To schedule an appointment, fill out our convenient contact form below, or give us a call at 817.481.4000 today.