Plantar warts grow in the plantar fascia on the bottom of the foot and frequently occur in the heel or ball area. The pressure from walking on your foot can cause warts to grow inward and be hidden under a thick layer of skin which makes them very hard to identify and treat.
Plantar warts can be mistaken for other skin problems including cancerous lesions, which is why you should have them checked out by your foot doctor to get the correct diagnosis.
Treatment methods for plantar warts include:
- Cryotherapy—Your foot doctor applies liquid nitrogen to the wart to freeze the skin so the wart breaks off in large pieces. This treatment can be combined with chemical peeling to completely eradicate the wart.
- Antiviral medication—HPV(human papillomavirus) is actually the cause of these warts, and killing the virus with medication can be an excellent way to prevent warts, but there are possible side effects that you should discuss with your foot doctor.
- Chemical peel—Acid is used to gradually peel away layers of the wart. Home treatment kits for this purpose are available, but to get the full strength version you need a prescription from your podiatrist.
You can help prevent getting plantar warts by practicing good hygiene. Keep your feet clean and dry and always wear shower shoes or sandals in public areas like locker rooms and showers to help minimize your contact with the human papillomavirus.
If you are experiencing complications with plantar warts, see your podiatrist for the best solution. Schedule an appointment with the Foot First Podiatry Center in New Albany, IN. Our highly qualified podiatrist Dr. Zahid Ladha is committed to providing the best diagnostic care and medical treatment for you and your feet. Contact us at (812) 945-9221 and schedule an appointment today!