Plantar warts can be annoying, and in some cases, painful. They can also come back after the previous removal, which is why it’s helpful to visit a podiatrist to have them removed.
Plantar wart causes and how you can prevent them
Plantar warts are caused by exposure to a virus. This virus thrives in public areas like locker rooms, pools, and gym facilities, so one of the best ways you can prevent plantar warts is to never go barefoot in public areas. It’s also helpful to:
- Wash and dry your feet every day
- Change your socks and shoes every day
- Don’t touch a wart because it can spread the virus
If you have children, you should also check your child’s feet regularly, because warts are more common in children.
Plantar wart characteristics
Plantar warts can develop around your toes, heels, and the soles of your feet. They can appear as rough bumps or calluses and can often form clusters.
Plantar wart removal options
The podiatrists at New Horizons Foot and Ankle Associates use advanced technology to remove warts permanently, so they never grow back.
For small, non-painful warts, they may recommend:
- Drying up the wart using a topical salicylic acid solution
- Freezing the wart using liquid nitrogen
For larger, painful warts, the podiatrists at New Horizons Foot and Ankle Associates may recommend:
Pulse dye laser wart removal treatment works by killing the blood vessels supplying the wart
Swift Microwave wart removal treatment works by stimulating the body’s own immune response to destroy the underlying virus
Wart removal recovery
Complete wart removal may require more than one treatment and take a few weeks to destroy the wart completely. Your podiatrist can discuss recovery procedures with you.
To find out more about wart removal options and how your podiatrist can help, talk with the experts. Call the podiatrists at New Horizons Foot and Ankle Associates in Louisville, KY. You can reach them in the office by calling (502) 808-3668, so call today!