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Oddly enough, there are a lot of Old Wives Tales and folk remedies surrounding warts. Perhaps you’ve even heard of some one them; however, if you end up dealing with one or clusters of these hard, skin-colored bumps you may be wondering how you got them and how to treat them. If you develop warts, particularly on the soles of your feet, this is something that your podiatrist can help you treat.
What are plantar warts?
All warts are the result of a virus that invades the skin through cuts or tiny open wounds. Warts, especially on the feet, can be mistaken for a corn or callus; however, unlike corns or calluses that often go away in a couple of weeks, it can take years for a wart to go away. During this time, warts can also spread to other areas of the body including the hands and face.
How do I know that I have plantar warts?
If you’ve never had a wart before you may not be able to distinguish this growth from other common foot problems. This is where a podiatrist can help. A foot doctor can diagnose warts through a simple physical exam. Plantar warts can cause pain, particularly when standing or walking. Patients who have diabetes or circulation problems in their feet should seek immediate medical care if they develop warts or experience any changes in their feet.
How are plantar warts treated?
While warts can go away on their own this can usually take years for the body to fight off the viral infection. Since plantar warts can be uncomfortable or even painful many people turn to a podiatrist to treat warts. The type of treatment that your foot doctor will recommend will depend on the size, amount and location of the wart or warts. Common wart treatments include:
- Medication: a special acid-based medication (e.g. salicylic acid) is applied to the skin where the acid will break down the wart. Several applications may be required over the course of several weeks in order to get rid of the wart.
- Freezing: sometimes warts can be frozen off through a procedure known as cryotherapy
- Curettage: this is the surgical removal of a wart using a special scalpel (local anesthesia is applied to the area to numb it before treatment)
- Laser: laser treatment can also be used to breakdown and destroy the wart
It’s important to protect your feet from potential reinfection. If you are prone to developing plantar warts then talk with your podiatrist about measures you can take to keep your feet healthy and free from infection.
Are you Dealing With Plantar Warts?
Plantar warts are small growths that can develop anywhere on the feet. They develop when the skin is infected by a virus. Typically, the virus is acquired in public places where people go barefoot in, such as locker rooms or swimming pools. Plantar warts are treatable. The goal of treatment is to completely remove the plantar wart. Dr. Eric Gessner, Dr. Bryan Groth, and Dr. Jacob Fassman at Colorado Foot and Ankle in Colorado Springs, CO, offers treatments for warts. Read on to learn about treatment options for plantar warts.
Laser Treatment. There are various types of laser treatments for plantar warts. The laser device uses an intense beam of light to destroy the wart tissue. The skin remains intact - which means no bleeding and scarring. Local or general anesthesia may be used, depending on the number of warts to be removed or the size of the area to be treated.
Salicylic Acid. Your Colorado Springs, CO, podiatrist can treat your warts with salicylic acid. Salicylic acid helps cause the plantar wart to gradually peel off. This medication will generally remove plantar warts within several weeks if applied regularly at home, followed by occasional office visits.
Cantharidin. Your podiatrist may use cantharidin to treat your warts. Cantharidin is a chemical that removes warts by causing blistering underneath the skin. With this treatment, your doctor “paints” the chemical onto your foot warts. If the warts aren't gone after one treatment, your doctor may suggest another treatment.
Surgery. Your doctor may recommend surgery if your warts have not responded to non-surgical treatments. Your doctor cuts away your warts or destroys them by using an electric needle (electrodesiccation and curettage). The skin around the warts will be numbed with a local anesthetic before the procedure. Surgery for plantar warts is usually quick and effective.
Get rid of your plantar warts easily. Call Colorado Foot and Ankle at 719-475-8080 today to schedule an appointment in one of our offices in Colorado Springs, CO. Get back on track by receiving the best treatment available. You will experience exemplary service and state-of-the-art care at Colorado Foot and Ankle!
Are you suffering from a wart? Do you want to know what you can do to make it better? If so, then look no further. Your Colorado Springs, CO, podiatrists Dr. Eric Gessner, Dr. Bryan Groth and Dr. Jacob Fassman can help you.
What is a wart?
You develop warts when a virus, called human papilloma virus (HPV), infects your foot. Warts are usually small growths on the skin and appear on the plantar side of your foot, which is essentially the bottom.
Plantar warts grow deep into the skin. Usually, this growth occurs slowly, with the wart starting small and becoming larger over time.
What types of warts are there?
The two types of warts are a solitary wart, which is when a single wart starts increasing in size and number, and mosaic wart, which are clusters of warts growing near each other.
What are some symptoms?
- Plantar warts sometimes look like calluses, so be on the lookout for thickened skin tissue
- Walking, standing, or squeezing the wart may cause pain
- You'll notice tiny black dots on the surface of the wart
How would your Colorado Springs podiatrist diagnose and treat your wart?
- Your doctor will examine your foot and look for the symptoms mentioned above
- Your doctor may also treat your wart by surgically removing it
- Oral and topical treatments, as well as laser therapy, cryotherapy, which is when your doctor freezes the wart, and acid treatments may be used to remove the wart
- You shouldn't under any circumstance try to remove the wart yourself since more damage may occur
- Be sure to follow your doctor's orders to avoid complications
For more information on removing plantar warts in the Colorado Springs, CO, you should call Colorado Foot and Ankle at (719) 475-8080 today!