Visible warts are not usually very painful, but they have the usual rough, scaly appearance that can be rather ugly. Warts on your feet are usually no larger than a pea, but they can grow up to an inch in diameter. Plantar warts grow on the bottom of the foot in the plantar fascia which is the wide tissue that forms your arch. They are usually hidden under thick skin with just a bump showing the location, so they can be hard to identify and treat.
All warts are caused by a virus, and unless they are totally removed they will often reappear. Embedded plantar warts are the most difficult to treat. It’s important to have them properly identified and removed with the help of your podiatrist to avoid excessive bleeding and other complications.
4 treatments for ugly and painful warts on your feet include the following:
- Acid therapy—An acid solution is carefully applied to the wart to remove it in layers.
- Liquid nitrogen freezing—This procedure uses liquid nitrogen to freeze the wart so that it can be easily broken up and removed.
- Laser therapy—A high-intensity laser is used to burn away the wart and cauterize the capillaries.
- Surgery—A specially made tool called a curette is used to cut away the warts. This is often used in conjunction with other methods.
If you need help treating warts on your feet, see your foot doctor. The foot specialists at ETL Podiatry in Briarwood and Melville, NY, have unparalleled experience in treating all aspects of foot and ankle problems. Our team of doctors that includes Geoffrey C. Epstein, DPM, Matthew J. Tavroff, DPM, Stuart B. Leon, DPM and Robert J. Leon, DPM is dedicated to serving you with all of the newest diagnostic and treatment technologies. If you have any questions or would like to make an appointment, please feel free to contact one of our offices located in Melville, NY (631)-549-8637 and Briarwood, NY (718)-657-8921.