Plantar Wart Treatment
Foot warts, also known as plantar warts, are hard, grainy, growths that appear usually on the heels of ball of your feet. Sometimes, they cause pain when pressed upon and are caused by a virus. When inspecting a plantar wart, you will often notice tiny black dots, where the wart is being “fed” by blood vessels.
Most plantar wars aren’t a serious health concern but if they cause discomfort, it is time to see one of our podiatrists. Warts, in general, are also very contagious and the longer a wart is left untreated, the more likely it can spread to other parts of the feet or body.
It is possible to implement self-care treatment but if the wart persists after a few weeks, a stronger treatment from a podiatrist is probably needed. If the lesion is painful or changes appearance, it is definitely time to see a podiatrist. Also, if you have diabetes, it is important to undergo treatment supervised by a podiatrist.
Since warts are caused by an infection with the human papillomavirus (HPV), you may need treatment both of the wart and of the virus. This is sometimes why just treating the wart alone doesn't help to get rid of it because a virus is supporting it’s growth.
Any person of any age is susceptible to plantar warts and most people in their lifetime get a wart. The trick is to treat it quickly and this is where a podiatrist is needed. At the American Foot and Ankle Specialists, we offer effective treatments to quickly get rid of plantar warts.
Killing The Wart
Some common treatments include strong peeling medicine that works by removing layers of the wart a little bit at a time. This may also stimulate your immune system’s ability to fight the virus. Another common treatment is freezing medicine or cryotherapy. Freezing occurs when your podiatrist applies liquid nitrogen to your wart. The chemical causes a blister to form and the dead tissue dissipated within a week.
There is also laser treatment that will burn the tiny blood vessel and infected tissue. By cauterizing the blood vessels, the wart can no longer be fed and the wart falls off.
The American Foot and Ankle Specialists have a Sun City podiatry and a Scottsdale podiatry locations. We guarantee that we can help you get rid of your wart and before it spreads to other parts of your body.
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By John Erotas