Richmond Podiatry Associates
Podiatry & Diabetic Wound Care Specialists located in Staten Island, NY
Warts anywhere on your body are a most unwelcome addition, but when they develop on the bottoms of your feet, they can cause serious discomfort. At Dr. Tek Footcare, Tekchand Thakurdial, DPM, can effectively eliminate plantar warts using the latest techniques available. To get rid of painful warts on your feet, contact the Staten Island, New York, office by phone or use the online scheduling tool to set up an appointment.
Warts Q & A
What are plantar warts?
Plantar warts are growths that form on the bottom of your feet, usually in load-bearing areas such as on the balls of your feet or on your heels.
The most common signs of plantar warts include:
- Small skin growths
- Hardened areas of skin that cover the wart, which look like calluses
- Tiny black dots (dried blood) at the center of the skin growth
Plantar warts can often cause pain or discomfort since they develop in weight-bearing areas.
Plantar warts aren’t dangerous, but they can become problematic because of their locations, which makes a visit to Dr. Tek at Dr. Tek Footcare a good idea.
What causes plantar warts?
All warts are caused by the human papillomavirus (HPV), which enters your body through small openings or breaks in your skin. The virus thrives in dark, moist environments, which means you’re more likely to be infected in public spaces like locker rooms or swimming pools. You can also develop warts by sharing damp towels or clothing with someone who’s already infected.
How are plantar warts treated?
While you may be tempted by over-the-counter products that claim to be able to eliminate warts, it’s always best to seek the expertise of a podiatrist like Dr. Tek. After diagnosing your warts, Dr. Tek turns to advanced techniques that get rid of the warts without harming your surrounding tissue, which is a concern with over-the-counter products.
To remove your warts, Dr. Tek typically turns to one of the following depending upon the extent of your problem:
- Salicylic acid
- CO2 laser cautery
This last technique is an innovative way to remove your warts without creating scarring in the process. Rest assured, whichever technique Dr. Tek uses, he ensures your comfort with a topical or local anesthetic beforehand.
How can I prevent plantar warts?
There are many ways you can prevent an infection that leads to warts, such as:
- Always wearing shoes in public areas
- Making sure to use clean, dry towels
- Avoiding sharing towels, shoes, or socks
- Keeping your feet clean and dry
If you do develop warts, it’s also important that you resist picking at them to prevent spreading the infection.
To get rid of your plantar warts, call Dr. Tek Footcare or use the online scheduling tool to set up an appointment.
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