Plantar Warts

Warts that appear on feet, also known as plantar warts, can be embarrassing and frustrating. They can even be painful if they’re located in a weight-bearing location, such as the heel or the ball of the foot. In some circumstances they can even become ingrown beneath a thick callus, or force you to alter your walking gait in ways that can lead to chronic pain or injury.

How to Spot Plantar Warts

Warts appear as grainy, fleshy bumps or growths that disrupt the normal lines of the foot, usually with a black “pinpoint” in the center. (Sometimes erroneously called “wart seeds,” these are simply clotted blood vessels under the skin.)

When warts appear on the hands or elsewhere on the body, they often are raised. However, foot warts in weight-bearing areas may become flattened due to pressure, and even be covered by a hard callus. Standing and walking may become tender or painful, and in severe cases, you may even develop lesions or bleeding.

What is the Treatment for Plantar Warts?

If left alone, plantar warts will eventually go away on their own. The bad news is that this may take a year, 2 years, or even longer! And in the meantime, warts may continue to spread along your feet and even to other people.

Taking charge and getting rid of your warts sooner tends to be a better option. Some folks turn to home remedies, but they do not have much research backing their effectiveness. 

You could try a home remedy as long as it doesn’t tell you to harm your skin or cause you pain, but the chances of seeing results are not high – and you’d be wasting time you could have spent with something that’s known to work instead.

When you want an assured way to get rid of plantar warts, turn to us. The earlier you come to us for treatment, the more of an advantage we’ll have over the infection.

Treatments for plantar warts may involve the use of topical medications to peel the layers of the warts away a little at a time. In other cases, we might recommend freezing them. The most stubborn cases might require surgical excision.

The circumstances around each case of plantar warts can be different. We can discuss your full range of treatment options and answer any questions you might have.

Since the wart is viral infection, treating it can be difficult. A viral wart can be resistant to many of the common available treatments. One treatment may work on some patients while other different treatments may work on different patients. Based on many studies, there are no treatment that is superior to another treatment and that is what makes the wart treatment challenging. Most people try over the counter topical medication or home remedy before visiting the foot doctor. Dr. Bhela’s first treatment usually consists of prescribing stronger topical medication to treat the plantar wart. If the first treatment doesn’t work, then he will perform a popular treatment consisting of SWIFT microwave therapy which has more success. For more information about microwave therapy to get rid of wart, please click here. Usually surgery is performed to completely remove the wart as the last resort after multiple conservative therapies has failed.

a close up of a foot with a plantar wart below the big toe