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Symptoms of a Plantar Wart

Tuesday, 15 June 2021 00:00

A plantar wart is found on the sole of the foot. It develops and grows inward as a result of the pressure the foot endures from standing and walking. They can cause severe pain and discomfort, and it can be difficult to walk. It is identified as a small area of hardened skin that can form on the ball or  the heel of the foot. Many patients notice there are small, black dots in the center of the wart, and there may be several of them that can form a cluster. A common form of treatment is referred to as keratolytic therapy. This is accomplished by using acid on the wart that can help it to diminish. Additionally, there are several treatments available, and it is suggested that you consult with a podiatrist who can determine what the best one is for you.

Plantar warts can be very uncomfortable. If you need your feet checked, contact Deepa Bhatt-Montoya, DPM from Chicago Podiatric Surgeons. Our doctor will assist you with all of your foot and ankle needs.

About Plantar Warts

Plantar warts are the result of HPV, or human papillomavirus, getting into open wounds on the feet. They are mostly found on the heels or balls of the feet.

While plantar warts are generally harmless, those experiencing excessive pain or those suffering from diabetes or a compromised immune system require immediate medical care. Plantar warts are easily diagnosed, usually through scraping off a bit of rough skin or by getting a biopsy.

Symptoms

  • Lesions on the bottom of your feet, usually rough and grainy
  • Hard or thick callused spots
  • Wart seeds, which are small clotted blood vessels that look like little black spots
  • Pain, discomfort, or tenderness of your feet when walking or standing

Treatment

  • Freezing
  • Electric tool removal
  • Laser Treatment
  • Topical Creams (prescription only)
  • Over-the-counter medications

To help prevent developing plantar warts, avoid walking barefoot over abrasive surfaces that can cause cuts or wounds for HPV to get into. Avoiding direct contact with other warts, as well as not picking or rubbing existing warts, can help prevent the further spread of plantar warts. However, if you think you have developed plantar warts, speak to your podiatrist. He or she can diagnose the warts on your feet and recommend the appropriate treatment options.

If you have any questions please feel free to contact one of our offices located in Chicago and Tinley Park, IL . We offer the newest diagnostic and treatment technologies for all your foot and ankle needs.

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