When you’re busy and on the go, a plantar wart can not only be a nuisance, it can also mean pain and discomfort, especially when walking. At Bluebonnet Foot and Ankle Institute, Babak Kaviani, DPM, can evaluate your symptoms and advise the best treatment to get you back on your feet and to help prevent future infections. If you live in the area of Austin, Texas, you can book an appointment through the online scheduling system or call the office directly.
Warts are tiny growths on the skin caused by the human papillomavirus (HPV). They're incredibly common and can occur on many areas of your body. One of these areas is your foot, and when the bottom of your foot comes in contact with HPV, you may develop what’s called a plantar wart.
Due to their location, plantar warts often cause discomfort, despite their small size. They usually grow on the weight-bearing portions of your feet — your soles and heels — making walking or standing unpleasant if you’re suffering from this condition.
If you have a hard growth on the bottom of your foot, about the size of a pencil eraser, chances are you have a plantar wart. While normally warts grow outward from your top layer of skin, pressure from walking typically forces plantar warts to grow inward, giving them a flat appearance.
Some common signs and symptoms of warts are:
In most cases, plantar warts are harmless, but occasionally they can mean a more serious condition.
Yes. The human papillomavirus is contagious, which means it’s easy for warts to spread if you aren’t careful. If you have a plantar wart, make sure to wash your hands after any direct contact. Your infection can spread to other parts of your body and to other people. Be especially mindful when:
If you're conscientious and follow Dr. Kaviani’s treatment recommendations, managing your plantar wart should be fairly simple.
Often plantar warts are harmless and can be treated at home with self-care. While they can last anywhere from several months to several years, over-the-counter treatments from your local drugstore can minimize discomfort and help them heal.
At-home treatments for minor warts include:
Although a conservative treatment approach is generally best for plantar warts, it’s not always the safest route. Seeking medical attention is recommended, especially if:
Depending on your condition, Dr. Kaviani may recommend a more invasive treatment, such as excision of the wart tissue or freezing the area with cryotherapy. Make an appointment at Bluebonnet Foot and Ankle Institute to discuss your options. Scheduling is available online and by phone.