As painful as a plantar wart can be, it is considered to be a harmless skin growth. It is a small area of hardened skin that is sometimes filled with black dots, which are blood vessels. It is caused by a fungus and develops on the sole of the foot. It generally grows inward as a result of the pressure the bottom of the foot endures from body weight. Many people experience extreme discomfort with a plantar wart and often look for prompt medical attention for relief. They are considered to be contagious, and it is beneficial to refrain from sharing towels, shoes, and socks. Medicine may be prescribed that can freeze the wart, or for stubborn plantar warts, surgery may be necessary for removal. It is beneficial to choose shoes that are comfortable, and avoid wearing any type of shoe that puts pressure on the heels. Some patients find it helpful to put a protective covering over the wart which may help to ease the pressure that is felt from walking. If you have developed a plantar wart, it is strongly urged that you are under the care of a podiatrist who can guide you toward the necessary treatment.
Plantar warts can be very uncomfortable. If you need your feet checked, contact one of our podiatrists from Dr. Jeffrey J. Betman & Associates . Our doctors will assist you with all of your foot and ankle needs.
About Plantar Warts
Plantar warts are the result of HPV, or human papillomavirus, getting into open wounds on the feet. They are mostly found on the heels or balls of the feet.
While plantar warts are generally harmless, those experiencing excessive pain or those suffering from diabetes or a compromised immune system require immediate medical care. Plantar warts are easily diagnosed, usually through scraping off a bit of rough skin or by getting a biopsy.
- Lesions on the bottom of your feet, usually rough and grainy
- Hard or thick callused spots
- Wart seeds, which are small clotted blood vessels that look like little black spots
- Pain, discomfort, or tenderness of your feet when walking or standing
- Electric tool removal
- Laser Treatment
- Topical Creams (prescription only)
- Over-the-counter medications
To help prevent developing plantar warts, avoid walking barefoot over abrasive surfaces that can cause cuts or wounds for HPV to get into. Avoiding direct contact with other warts, as well as not picking or rubbing existing warts, can help prevent the further spread of plantar warts. However, if you think you have developed plantar warts, speak to your podiatrist. He or she can diagnose the warts on your feet and recommend the appropriate treatment options.
If you have any questions please feel free to contact our offices located in Northwest Chicago, Southwest Chicago, and Wicker Park, Chicago, IL . We offer the newest diagnostic and treatment technologies for all your foot and ankle needs.