Warts that are on the bottom of your feet can cause pain when you walk and even spread to other areas of your body. Dr. David J. Sands, an expert podiatrist, removes warts painlessly at Sands Podiatry in Great Neck, New York. If you’ve noticed warts or rough patches on your feet and you live in the North Shore area, contact Dr. Sands for wart removal by phoning his helpful staff or using the online form.
Warts are non-cancerous, but highly contagious, skin growths that are caused by the human papillomavirus (HPV). When warts appear on the soles of your feet, they’re called “plantar warts.”
Because HPV thrives in warm and moist conditions, you can pick it up in places where you’re prone to walk barefoot, such as pools and gyms. When the skin on your feet is irritated or cut, you’re more likely to pick up an HPV infection.
If you have plantar warts, you can also spread your warts to other people by walking barefoot in such environments.
Plantar warts are small — usually no larger than the head of a pencil eraser — and can be flat or raised. When you have raised plantar warts, you may feel like you have rocks in your shoes when you walk.
Warts can grow in clusters and cover large areas of your feet. Sometimes plantar warts contain a small black dot, known as a seed. Occasionally plantar warts look like calluses, but they’re more painful than calluses.
Plantar warts, like all warts, tend to resolve on their own after months. However, they can be embarrassing and painful. The older you are, the longer they may last.
Sometimes over-the-counter (OTC) wart remedies resolve your warts. If your warts are extensive or don’t respond to OTC treatments, contact Dr. Sands for wart removal.
Dr. Sands prefers minimally invasive treatments whenever possible. He can remove your warts in the office with either cryotherapy or pulse-dye laser treatment.
Both cryotherapy and pulse-dye laser treatment only require local anesthesia, but they’re otherwise quick and pain-free procedures. Dr. Sands removes the thickened skin, destroys the blood vessels that feed the wart, and kills the HPV.
After Dr. Sands removes your warts, you can return to your normal activities; there’s no downtime at all. When Dr. Sands treats your warts with cryotherapy or pulse-dye laser, they’re less likely to recur than if they resolved on their own.
Treat your warts and prevent recurrence by contacting Dr. Sands for plantar-wart removal. You can phone his friendly staff or book a wart consultation online.