Warts that grow on your feet can be difficult to identify and treat properly, especially if you have a hidden plantar wart that is concealed under thick skin in the heel or ball area. The only indication that a wart is there will be a small bump and the considerable pain you feel every time you put weight on your foot. Plantar warts are difficult to treat without help from your foot doctor, and visible warts need to be evaluated by your foot doctor since they can resemble lesions that may be skin cancer.
Actual warts have a rough, knotty appearance, with a tiny dot in the middle that is a capillary blood vessel. Warts are usually small but can reach up to a half inch in diameter.
While there are some over the counter treatments using low concentration acids, they are rarely completely effective, and warts tend to grow back.
Your foot doctor has a variety of very effective methods that are adjusted depending upon the size and location of warts.
3 great treatments for foot warts include:
- Surgical excision—a special cutting tool called a curette is used to cut out warts.
- Freezing—liquid nitrogen is carefully applied to freeze the wart so it can be removed in chunks.
- Laser removal— after numbing the area with an anesthetic, your podiatrist will use a laser to burn away warts.
To determine which method is best for your wart removal, consult with your foot doctor. At Family Foot & Ankle Clinic, Dr. Stephen Markantone treats a wide variety of foot and ankle conditions including sports injuries, diabetic foot issues, pediatric foot conditions, toe and foot deformities, fungal infections, and heel problems. Equipped with the most advanced technologies and a dedicated staff, Family Foot & Ankle Clinic provides individualized and high- quality care for patients in the North Versailles and Delmont, PA areas. Contact our North Versailles office at 412-824-9370 or our Delmont office at 724-733-3338 to schedule an appointment.