Warts

Kalmar Family Podiatry

Podiatry & Podiatric Surgeons located in Huntington, NY

A plantar wart or verruca on your foot isn’t the most serious of health problems, but if the wart presses on a nerve, it can make walking very uncomfortable. The expert team of podiatrists at Kalmar Family Podiatry in Huntington, New York, can help you get rid of your warts and relieve the discomfort warts can cause, so call the office today or book an appointment online.

Warts Q & A

What kind of warts could affect my feet?

The most likely type of wart to find on your feet is a plantar wart, also known as a verruca. Plantar warts look like small calluses and typically develop on the toes and the bottom of your feet. They may not be too bothersome, but if they’re in a sensitive area or one that’s under pressure, they can start to hurt.

Plantar warts aren’t usually anything to worry about, and may well disappear in time without treatment. However, if warts press on nerves in your feet, they can affect the way you walk as you modify your gait to take the pressure off the sensitive area. As a result, you not only have painful feet, but you put a strain on other parts of your body as well.

What causes plantar warts?

Plantar warts develop after infection by the human papillomavirus (HPV). There are over a hundred strains of HPV, some of which cause warts in other areas of the body. HPV is one of the most common infections in the United States, and people often aren’t aware they have HPV because the immune system attacks and kills it before you see any symptoms.

There are ways to prevent infection and reduce its spread by:

  • Not touching any warts
  • Changing your socks and shoes every day
  • Keeping your feet clean and dry
  • Avoiding going barefoot in communal changing rooms

If you’re a parent, you should check your children’s feet regularly for signs of plantar warts, as children are more likely to pick up the infection.

How can I treat plantar warts?

You can buy over-the-counter treatments for plantar warts, which may work if the wart isn’t too deep or callused. If you aren’t getting results from initial treatments and your plantar warts are causing discomfort, the team at Kalmar Family Podiatry has a range of effective treatment options that can help.

Treatments available include:

  • Prescription strength salicylic acid
  • Compound wart medications
  • Prescription anti-neoplastic medications
  • Immunotherapy with intralesional injections
  • CryoProbe cryotherapy (liquid nitrous oxide)

Surgery isn’t usually necessary for plantar warts, but your podiatrist may recommend it as a last resort. The procedure takes place in the office under a local anesthetic.

If you spot a plantar wart on your foot, or you have any concerns about the health of your feet, call Kalmar Family Podiatry today, or book an appointment online.