Are you bothered by unsightly or painful warts on your feet? If so, seek treatment with Eastside Podiatry PLLC, located in St. Clair Shores and Fraser, Michigan. Led by Hatim Burhani, DPM, FACFAS, and Siraj Panchbhaiya, DPM, FACFAS, the practice offers an array of wart treatment and removal options. Allow the team at Eastside Podiatry PLLC to help you find the right wart removal plan for you by booking an appointment online or calling the office today.
Warts Q & A
What exactly are warts?
Warts are small, rough, raised growths caused by viral infections.
Warts can grow anywhere on your body. When they grow on the bottoms of your feet or your heels, they’re called plantar warts.
What are some signs you might have plantar warts?
If you experience or notice any of the following on your feels or bottoms of your feet, you may have a plantar wart:
- Tenderness and pain when walking or standing
- Skin callusing and hardening
- Small, clotted blood vessels gathered around a raised growth
Because they bear weight, plantar warts sometimes grow inward under calluses. In this case, you’ll notice a small hole in the center of the callus.
Plantar warts can go away on their own but consider medical intervention for a wart if:
- Home remedies have had no effect
- It’s interfering with your everyday activities
- You have diabetes or poor feeling in your feet
- You’re immunocompromised
- It’s bleeding or changing in color or appearance
You should also consider medical intervention if you’re not sure whether or not your lesion is actually a wart.
How do you get plantar warts?
Plantar warts happen when the human papillomavirus (HPV) infiltrates your skin through tiny cuts, breaks, or weak spots.
The strains of HPV that cause plantar warts aren’t as contagious as other strains of the virus, but they thrive in warm, moist settings. So, you’re more likely to catch these types of HPV by walking barefoot around locker rooms, saunas, or swimming pools.
It’s also easy to spread the virus to different parts of your body if you touch the wart. If you have a wart, you can avoid spreading it by:
- Not touching it directly
- Washing your hands immediately if you touch it directly
- Resisting the urge to pick at or scratch it
Also, if you use nail clippers, emery boards, or pumice stones, make sure to have separate sets for your infected skin.
How do you treat plantar warts?
Eastside Podiatry PLLC treats plantar warts using several different strategies, including:
- Surgical excision
- Freezing the wart off with liquid nitrogen
- Burning and removing the wart with laser surgery
For a less immediate treatment, the practice can also prescribe you topical medications like salicylic acid. These types of medications progressively remove layers of warts.
Warts are a pain, and if you’re ready to get rid of yours, call Eastside Podiatry PLLC or book an appointment online to schedule a consultation today.