When we think of warts, we often associate the skin growth with pimples that appear on the face. But warts can occur in anyone and can be located anywhere, even on the foot. Warts can be very discomforting, not only to the eye but also in a physical manner. They are classified as skin growths that are caused by certain types of the human papillomavirus (HPV). They can spread through physical contact with HPV, such as touching a wart and then touching another part of one’s body. They can also be spread from person to person, by contact through items such as towels, razors, combs, etc. Common warts typically appear on the hand, but plantar warts specifically show up on the soles of the feet.
Warts are typically easily recognizable, but these following symptoms are indicative of plantar warts:
- Black pinpoints on the soles of the feet
- A callus on a defined spot, where a wart has grown inward
- A lesion on the bottom of the foot, near the base of the toes or the heel
- Pain or discomfort when standing or walking
While warts typically go away on their own, patiently waiting for them to heal can be inconvenient. This process can vary in time, ranging from a couple of weeks or even all the way up to a year. Therefore, it is recommended that one sees a doctor for medical intervention and treatment, in order to return to being able to do daily activities. In some cases medical intervention is absolutely necessary:
- If the lesion changes colors or is bleeding
- If the pain disables you from doing daily activities
- If you have diabetes
- If you have tried treating the wart, but it recurs
- If you have a weakened immune system
Treatments for warts vary between surgical and non-surgical intervention. Non-surgical methods are often performed first and these include cryotherapy, which incorporates freezing the wart via liquid nitrogen, as well as salicylic acid, which aids in peeling the wart layer by layer. If these methods fail to treat the wart, surgical intervention may be required. The doctor may perform a minor surgery to cut away the wart, immune therapy, laser treatment, HPV prevention, or other acids.
Are you living in Manhattan, dealing with the pain of plantar warts? Being a city-goer, you need to be on your feet walking a lot, so why deal with pain if it can be avoidable? Call Foot and Ankle Surgeons of New York to schedule an appointment and remove your warts! Call our West Village office at 212-242-7718 or our Columbus Circle office at 212-706-0790 today!