Wart Treatment

Warts can appear anywhere on the body, but when they show up on the bottom of the feet, they are called plantar warts.

Plantar warts can be more annoying than other warts because you have to walk on them all day long. If they grow to be especially large or multiply in number, the warts can become extremely uncomfortable and even painful. In addition, pressure from walking or friction from your footwear can bleeding and abrasion in the vicinity of the warts.

When infected with warts on their feet, many people will go to their local drug store and purchase an over-the-counter acid-type treatment. Unfortunately, that is rarely a workable cure. Perhaps the acid will generally work to burn away a few warts, but usually by the time the wart is discovered it is larger and over-the-counter medication will be ineffective.

How Do I Know If I Have a Wart?

Warts are sometimes mistaken for other conditions, such as corns or calluses. And, on the flip side, cancerous lesions are sometimes mistaken as warts. Here are some characteristics of warts that you may find on your feet:
  • Plantar warts appear to be hard and flat.
  • They have a rough surface and well-defined boundaries, but their true size is hidden because they are pushed into the skin.
  • Plantar warts are often gray or brown—though the color may vary—with a center that appears as one or more pinpoints of black.
  • If warts are on the top of the foot, they will usually be raised and fleshier.

How Did I Get a Wart?

It's very easy to end up with a wart on your foot. A wart is actually a viral infection and over 42 types of viruses are known to cause warts. Plantar warts are often contracted by walking barefoot on contaminated surfaces. The virus that causes plantar warts thrives in warm, moist environments, making infection a common occurrence in public bathing facilities, locker rooms, or even when you're trying on a pair of shoes.

How Can I Get Rid of My Wart?

The best way to begin the removal of your wart is to contact the experienced North Carolina podiatrists at InStride Gaston Foot & Ankle Associates in Gastonia. We will be able to properly evaluate the wart or warts on your feet and develop a treatment plan appropriate for you. Call today to schedule an appointment at 704-861-0425.

Why do My Warts Keep Coming Back?

Let's face it: warts are annoying! They make walking uncomfortable and even occasionally painful. But, at the same time, they're not really dangerous—they're just bothersome, to say the least. Just when you think you've tried a treatment that's really working, they come back in full force. So what gives?

Plantar warts occur when the human papillomavirus (HPV) enters your skin through tiny cuts or breaks. That means your plantar warts are not just on the surface; the virus is inside your skin.

Most wart treatments target the wart itself, and while they may be successful in destroying it, parts of the virus may still be lingering in your body. It's impossible to see the virus, and wart removal can become very frustrating because you can never be sure that you've killed the root of the problem. Plantar warts can shed the virus into the skin of your foot before they're treated, causing new warts to grow as fast as the old ones disappear.

Also, because HPV is highly contagious, you run the risk of contracting it again even if your initial wart treatment was successful. If your immune system is especially weak, you run the risk of getting plantar warts over and over again.

You also may just need to try a few different treatments. Warts react in varying ways to available treatments; if one therapy doesn't seem to work, try another. When you visit your North Carolina podiatrist, he will be able to recommend your best course of action for getting rid of your pesky plantar warts.

If you live in North Carolina, call the Gastonia office of Gaston Foot & Ankle Associates to schedule an appointment at 704-861-0425. Our friendly foot care team has a favorable record of treating even intractable cases of plantar warts and other skin problems.

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InStride - Gaston Foot & Ankle Associates

251 Wilmot Drive
Gastonia, NC 28054