By Podiatry Services of CNY, PC
March 30, 2021
Category: Foot Care
Tags: Warts  

How are plantar warts removed by a podiatrist?

Did you know that warts are actually one of the most common skin conditions that our Syracuse, NY, podiatrists treat? Plantar warts, just like other warts that develop on the body, are caused by the human papillomavirus (HPV). When the infection gets into the body through damaged or broken skin, warts appear. While warts can appear anywhere on the body, they often develop on the soles of the feet and are known as plantar warts.

What do plantar warts look like?

These bumps or growths are often grainy and hard to the touch. They are more likely to develop on the heel or ball of the foot. Since warts can also look like other types of growths or bumps. It’s best to see a podiatrist if you’ve never had a wart before or you’re not exactly sure if that’s what you’re dealing with.

Can I treat plantar warts on my own?

Since plantar warts can be embarrassing you may wish to treat the problem on your own. There are several home remedies and DIY options to treat your plantar warts. The problem is that some chemicals or online recommendations could lead to cuts, burns, and other complications if you aren’t careful.

This is why it’s always best to turn to our team of podiatrists here in Syracuse, NY, for treatment. Those with diabetes or compromised immune systems should not attempt at-home remedies to get rid of a wart. Call your doctor instead.

When should I have a wart removed?

This is a personal choice. After all, once the body sheds the infection the wart will go away. However, it can take months or even years for this to happen. If you’re dealing with plantar warts, then even a single wart on the soles of the feet could be causing you discomfort when you stand, walk, or run. This is the main reason people turn to our team of foot doctors for wart removal treatment.

How will a podiatrist remove my plantar warts?

There are various options available to our Syracuse, NY, patients for successfully removing warts. The most common treatment option is cryotherapy, which uses liquid nitrogen to freeze the wart, so it falls off. Topical ointments containing salicylic acid may be prescribed and applied every day to gradually shed the wart. Laser therapy, immunosuppressants, and a simple excision may also be practical approaches to removing plantar warts.

If you’re ready to sit down with our Syracuse, NY, podiatrists today to discuss ways to treat your plantar warts, then all you have to do is call Podiatry Services of CNY at (315) 458-1777 to schedule a consultation.