Plantar Wart

Lake Ridge and Stafford Foot & Ankle Centers -  - Podiatry

Lake Ridge and Stafford Foot & Ankle Centers

Podiatry & Foot & Ankle Surgery located in Lake Ridge, VA & Stafford, VA

If you’ve got uncomfortable little bumps on your feet, they could be plantar warts. They do go away on their own after a while, but if you don’t like the look or feel of your plantar warts, the team at Lake Ridge and Stafford Foot & Ankle Centers, with offices in Lake Ridge and Stafford, Virginia, can help. Their experienced foot care experts provide effective treatments that cure plantar warts. Call your nearest office today to schedule a consultation or book an appointment online.

Plantar Wart Q & A

What is a plantar wart?

A plantar wart is a small growth that can develop on your foot after direct contact with the human papillomavirus (HPV). HPV is the same virus that causes warts on other areas of the body. Warts can develop anywhere on the foot, but they typically appear on the bottom (plantar side) of your foot. Plantar warts most commonly occur in children, adolescents, and older people.

There are two types of plantar warts:

Solitary plantar warts

A solitary wart is a single wart that often increases in size. It can eventually multiply, forming what are called satellite warts.

Mosaic plantar warts

Mosaic warts form tight clusters of individual warts that aren’t as easy to treat as solitary warts.

What are the symptoms of plantar warts?

Plantar warts often resemble calluses because they can look tough and thickened. Walking and standing might be painful, and squeezing the sides of the wart can also cause pain.

You might see little black dots on the surface of the wart, which are spots of dried blood in the tiny blood vessels that feed the wart.

Plantar warts grow deep into the skin. Usually, they grow slowly, with the wart starting very small and becoming larger over time.

How are plantar warts diagnosed and treated?

Your provider at Lake Ridge and Stafford Foot & Ankle Centers can diagnose plantar warts after examining your feet. Plantar warts might clear up on their own given enough time, but if you want to get rid of them because they’re uncomfortable and unsightly, there are several ways to remove them.

Treatments that remove plantar warts include:

  • Topical creams
  • Oral medication
  • Laser therapy
  • Cryotherapy (freezing)
  • Acid treatments

Some herbal remedies and other home cures claim to remove plantar warts, but there’s little evidence that they’re helpful. You should never try to remove a wart yourself since it could do more harm than good, so it’s best to get professional treatment at Lake Ridge and Stafford Foot & Ankle Centers.

If initial treatments of your plantar warts aren’t effective, you might need to undergo surgery to remove warts. Surgical wart removal is a minor outpatient procedure in which your provider either cuts out the plantar wart or uses an electric needle to destroy the wart.

If you have plantar warts or suspect you might have them, get prompt, effective treatment by calling Lake Ridge and Stafford Foot & Ankle Centers today or scheduling an appointment using the online booking tool.