Plantar warts are hard bumps on the bottom of your feet that feel sore or bleed easily. They’re also contagious, meaning you can spread them to others or other places on your own body. At Professional Podiatry Services of New York in Bensonhurst, Brooklyn, the team evaluates warts and offers treatment with lasers in addition to topical products. For more information about warts and the virus that causes them, call Professional Podiatry Services of New York or request an appointment online today.
Warts are fleshy growths that appear on your skin. They typically have a rough texture and might appear with a small black dot in the center. They can vary in appearance, often appearing as solid blisters or soft, cauliflower-like growths.
Warts commonly grow on your feet. A wart on your foot is called a plantar wart. It might appear near your toes or on your heel. Unlike other warts, they often grow inward because of the pressure you place on your feet when you stand and walk. They might not cause any symptoms, but they can feel painful or bleed easily in some cases.
Human papillomavirus (HPV) causes warts. When the virus enters your skin through a cut, scrape, or open lesion, you can develop a wart near the area. You can prevent this from happening by keeping your feet clean and wearing sandals or other footwear in locker rooms and communal showers. If you’re in an area where people frequently walk around bare-footed, it’s good practice to wear shoes to avoid warts.
HPV causes a protein in your skin called keratin to overgrow in certain areas. You develop warts from HPV because of this process.
At Professional Podiatry Services of New York, the team provides treatment for warts that cause pain or bleed frequently. They evaluate your wart and develop a treatment plan using these methods in the office:
Several topical products, like salicylic acid, can slowly remove your wart layer by layer. The treatment works exceptionally well when combined with other wart removal techniques.
Laser treatment can burn the blood vessels in your wart and cause it to lose its blood supply. Eventually, the wart dies and falls off.
Without treatment, a wart can stay around for one to five years. Keeping your wart for that long isn’t practical if it causes pain, bleeding, and other complications. With treatment, your wart goes away entirely within weeks or months.
If your wart grows back after treatment or if you get another wart in another place, you should call Professional Podiatry Services for further wart treatments. To prevent future warts, you should avoid touching other people’s warts and touching your own. You should also use your own clean personal items, including shoes, socks, and towels.
If your wart is bothersome, painful, or bloody, call Professional Podiatry Services today or request a wart removal appointment online.