Warts affect about 10% of people worldwide and are common on the feet. Called plantar warts, these warts can be particularly troublesome because they often grow on the bottoms of your feet in areas bearing most of your weight.
As a result, plantar warts can become more than just a mild nuisance and make getting around uncomfortable.
The good news is that our team of foot health experts at Neuhaus Foot and Ankle can treat plantar warts, allowing you to move again without discomfort.
Behind those pesky warts
Plantar warts are caused by a human papillomavirus (HPV) infection. There are more than 100 strains of HPV, and many lead to the formation of warts in different areas of your body, such as your hands, genitals, and feet.
When it comes to plantar warts, some people are more susceptible, including:
- Kids and teens
- People with weakened immune systems
- People over the age of 65
- White people
Plantar warts are contagious — you can spread them (or get them) by sharing towels or clothes or through skin-to-skin contact.
Why are plantar warts so troublesome?
These warts form on the bottoms of your feet, often in the most problematic areas, including the following:
- The balls of your feet
- Around your toes
- On your heels
They also run deep — what you see on the surface is not the extent of the wart. Furthermore, plantar warts can cluster together.
The result of these warts is that they can often cause considerable discomfort and pain and even lead to bleeding and sores, which is especially concerning for people with diabetes.
Treating plantar warts
There are ways in which we can rid your feet of painful plantar warts. We suggest coming to see us at the first signs of these warts so we can act quickly before they spread. We have several treatment options for plantar warts, including:
- Topical ointments that destroy the warts
- Injections that target the wart virus
- Liquid nitrogen that freezes the warts (cryotherapy)
- Laser treatments that cut off the blood supply to the warts
If these treatments fail plantar warts, we can turn to a minor surgical procedure during which we cut away the warts. We can perform this procedure in our offices.
We offer solutions and are confident we have the right one for resolving your plantar warts.
To determine which plantar wart treatment is best for you, please contact one of our 14 locations in Tennessee to schedule an appointment with one of our foot health specialists.