Millions of people in the United States develop plantar warts every year. Though not a serious medical issue, plantar warts can cause discomfort. At Midwest Foot and Ankle Clinics, podiatry specialists Khalid Husain, DPM, Gene Choi, DPM, Jennifer Kirchens, DPM, and Christina Sarantopoulos, DPM, offer many patient-friendly wart treatment options to eliminate the skin growths and alleviate your symptoms. Call the office in Hoffman Estates, Arlington Heights, or the Norwood Park neighborhood of Chicago, Illinois, or request an appointment online today to schedule a consultation.
Warts are noncancerous skin growths caused by the human papillomavirus (HPV). The skin growths are highly contagious and spread through direct contact with a wart or a surface that touched the wart.
There are many types of warts, including common warts, flat warts, filiform warts, and plantar warts. Warts are classified by their location and appearance.
Plantar warts grow on the bottom of your feet. Because of the pressure placed on the soles of your feet when you walk or stand, these warts grow inward. They may also occur in clusters.
Plantar warts appear as rough, grainy growths on the bottom of your foot. They most often affect skin that comes in contact with the floor, such as the base of your toes, forefoot, or heel. As the wart grows inward, your skin may thicken and harden like a callus. Your warts may also cause foot pain when standing or walking.
Plantar warts aren’t a serious health issue. Most go away on their own over time or with the help of over-the-counter medication specific for treating plantar warts.
However, if your plantar warts interfere with your daily activities or don’t respond to at-home treatment, the podiatrists at Midwest Foot and Ankle Clinics offer many treatment options to eliminate the skin growth and alleviate your discomfort.
You can expect a comprehensive evaluation when you come in to see the podiatrists at Midwest Foot and Ankle Clinics for help with managing your plantar warts. Your podiatrist carefully examines your lesion and may take a sample to send to the lab for evaluation.
The podiatrists at Midwest Foot and Ankle Clinics offer many patient-friendly treatment options for warts. Your podiatrist works closely with you to develop a plan that fits your specific needs. Treatment options include:
Due to the nature of the virus that causes plantar warts, you may need repeated treatments to get rid of the skin growths.
Warts may be harmless, but they can cause discomfort, especially when they occur on the bottom of your foot. For patient-friendly treatment options for your warts, contact Midwest Foot and Ankle Clinics by phone or online today.