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Plantar Warts

wartsPlantar warts are warts that are only found on the feet, hence the term “plantar,” which means “relating to the foot.” They are caused by the human papillomavirus (HPV) and occur when this virus gets into open wounds on the feet. The warts themselves present as hard bumps on the foot and are easily recognizable, mostly found on the heel or ball of the foot. For the most part, plantar warts are non-malignant, but they can cause some pain, discomfort, and are often unsightly; due to these reasons, a visit with a podiatrist is suggested.

Plantar warts can cause some pain while standing, sometimes felt as tenderness on the sole of your foot. While plantar warts are not life-threatening, a podiatrist should be consulted if you feel excessive amounts of pain, if they are affecting your walking, or if they continually come back. Patients who suffer from diabetes or a compromised immune system disorder should also seek out care immediately.

Podiatrists typically diagnose plantar warts by scraping off a tiny bit of the rough skin. This is done to make tiny blood clots visible and show the inside of the warts. A biopsy can be done, however, if the doctor is not able to diagnose them through examination. Treatments for plantar warts vary. Topical creams can be an option used through a doctor’s prescription, which may help given enough time and patience. It is important to keep the wart covered between daily treatments.

Our practice also offers the Candela VBeam Pulsed Dye Laser, the most advanced pulsed dye laser technology available to treat plantar warts and a variety of other skin conditions. Treatment itself involves the delivery of pulsed laser energy to the targeted area of the skin, where it passes through and is absorbed by specific blood vessels or areas in the dermis to reach the virus. The pulsed dye laser is safe, comfortable, and effective.

The best way to avoid developing plantar warts is to avoid walking barefoot in public areas, especially when you have open sores or cuts on your feet. It is also important to avoid direct contact with any other warts you might have or warts other people may have, as they are highly contagious.

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