Plantar Warts

Warts, raised bumps on the skin caused by a virus, can appear as easily on your feet as any other part of the body. Your soles are especially susceptible to a unique condition known as a plantar wart. These warts are flat, thick, and hard, and may be mistaken for a callus or scar tissue.

Most foot warts are harmless, but they are highly contagious and can be irritating. People with plantar warts may experience pain while walking, and not treating the wart can cause it to grow and spread. To get your warts treated, come into one of the Advanced Foot and Ankle Centers of Illinois offices in the Chicago area.

Understanding Warts

If you have a wart anywhere on your body, it’s because you picked up the human papillomavirus somewhere. Plantar warts usually develop because your bare feet came in contact with the virus, and an opening in your skin (due to a cut, a crack, or an area of the skin softened by long exposure to water) allowed the virus to enter your blood stream.

Most warts look like small fleshy mounds, while plantar warts resemble a hard layer of dead skin with tiny black pinpricks in the center. Feet are ideal growing grounds for warts, since the virus thrives in moist and warm conditions, like the inside of your shoe.

Treating Warts

When you come into one of our offices, your podiatrist will examine the wart and figure out a treatment plan. There is no one sure way to get rid of warts, so your podiatrist may try several techniques, including:

  • Using acid to burn off the wart
  • Freezing the wart
  • Applying a liquid medicine to slowly remove layers

If one treatment doesn’t work, your podiatrist will try something else. As long as the treatments are performed by a professional, you should experience limited side effects and successfully get rid of the wart.

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