PLANTAR WART

PLANTAR WART Frequently Asked Questions

Warts on your feet are unsightly and can cause pain and discomfort and make you feel self-conscious.

Plantar warts are small growths that appear on the sole of your foot. They sometimes appear on the top of the foot, too. The obvious symptom is a bubble on your foot that looks like a small, rough, and grainy growth. They cause discomfort and can be painful when you walk or stand.

You often see a black pinpoint in plantar warts. Contrary to what you might have heard, those aren’t roots or seeds that develop into more warts or grow into the skin to attach to a bone;  they’re actually small, clotted blood vessels.

Plantar warts are small growths that appear on the sole of your foot. They sometimes appear on the top of the foot, too. The obvious symptom is a bubble on your foot that looks like a small, rough, and grainy growth. They cause discomfort and can be painful when you walk or stand.

You often see a black pinpoint in plantar warts. Contrary to what you might have heard, those aren’t roots or seeds that develop into more warts or grow into the skin to attach to a bone;  they’re actually small, clotted blood vessels.

Plantar warts are caused by human papillomavirus (HPV). They develop when the virus enters the skin of your feet through breaks, weak spots, and tiny cuts.

Not everyone who comes in contact with HPV develops warts. However, the virus thrives in warm, moist environments like public swimming pools or locker rooms.

Anyone can develop it, but it’s likely to affect:

  • People with a weak immune system
  • Children and teenagers
  • People who have had plantar warts before
  • People who walk barefoot in environments where HPV thrive

Your podiatric team begins treatment of your plantar wart by taking your medical history and reviewing your current medications, especially if you have a low immune system or diabetes.

Your doctor examines the lesion to determine if its really a plantar wart and may remove a small section for biopsy.

After he establishes that your lesion is a wart, your podiatrist discusses the available treatment options with you. They might include freezing it, applying or injecting an immune system boost, or removing the plantar wart with laser or surgery.

If you are suffering from plantar warts on the bottom of your foot, don’t fret.

Podiatrists Dr. Darren Silvester and Dr. Gregory Larsen at Next Step Foot & Ankle Clinic, located in Universal City and Pleasanton, Texas, treat plantar warts in the greater San Antonio and area.

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Can conservative care help treat my plantar warts?

If you have diabetes, are experiencing pain, feel that the warts are spreading, or the lesion changing color, you need to seek medical attention. The expert team at Next Step Foot & Ankle Clinic provides corrective treatment measures that clear your body of the virus.

CONSERVATIVE
TREATMENT OPTIONS

Plantar warts often go away on their own, but that might take as long as a year or two. 

Simple home remedies and over-the-counter drugs can treat plantar warts in a shorter time. However, these only work 50% of the time.

WHAT CONSERVATIVE TREATMENT works best
for treating plantar warts?

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TOPICAL ACIDS & TAPE

Frequently, we like to use a painless topical, VerruStat, that has been very effective at helping our patients get rid of their warts pretty much on their own.

ADVANCED minimally invasive
TREATMENTS & SURGERIES

for severe forms of warts

Generally, conservative care works for getting rid of 50% of our patients warts. Unfortunately, those with severe forms of warts such as, Mosaic Wart (multiple lesions), need a more advanced approach.

Dr. Silvester and Dr. Larsen specialize in many advanced minimally and non-invasive treatments, and if necessaryadvanced minimally invasive and traditional surgical techniques with patient proven success stories.

Some of those are used to treat severe forms of plantar warts, such as:

  • Topical & Oral Medications
  • Laser Removal
  • Surgically Remove

In severe cases of warts, we may use topical treatments such as, Bleomycin (anti-cancer medication).

There's also oral & topical medications used to boost the bodies immune system to help fight off the wart.

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