Plantar Warts and Foot Wart Removal are Best Handled by Licensed Podiatrists

Plantar Warts and Foot Wart Removal are Best Handled by Licensed PodiatristsHuman papilloma virus has long been associated with a number of skin growths, including mosaic and plantar warts. Unlike some other warts commonly attributed to the virus, they are potentially hard to treat because of where they are located. Think about it. As humans, we are on our feet every day and that added pressure can not only irritate plantar warts but make it difficult to treat them. So, when homegrown or over-the-counter treatments don’t work, people should seek professional, foot wart removal.

Professional, foot wart removal often involves products that are similar to over-the-counter options. However, they are much stronger and purchasing them requires a podiatrist’s prescription. Examples include topical creams that contain salicylic acid. The tropical creams are generally prescribed first because the side effects are minimal to non-existent. Depending on the cream’s strength, it may take a week or more for the treatment to work.

Podiatrists may also choose to use foot wart removal techniques that must be performed in the office. The list of in-office treatments includes, but is not limited to trichloroacetic acid, bichloracetic acid, cryotherapy, pulsed-dye lasers, immune therapy and vaccines. Understandably, the potential side effects associated with these treatment options are typically more extensive. For example, there may be risk of pain and secondary infection.

If all of those methods fail, podiatrists may opt to recommend electrodessication and curettage. It is a same-day surgical procedure that must be performed in an acute care setting. Most of the time, a local anesthetic is used to numb the area prior to surgical, foot wart removal. However, patients with a low tolerance for pain or those who have other health problems too may need to rely on another pain reduction method.

Afterward, podiatrists usually recommend that their patients follow post-surgical care instructions. The instructions may include minor downtime to give the surgical time to heal properly before engaging in weight-bearing activities. To learn more about plantar warts and foot wart removal, please contact a podiatrist today.

Plantar Warts and Foot Wart Removal: Helpful Information

Treatment for Plantar WartsPlantar warts are annoying little things that occur on the bottom of your foot. Unfortunately, they are quite common, but that does not mean they are any more enjoyable.

If you find yourself or someone you care about with plantar warts, there is no doubt you want them gone. So, how do you go about dealing with plantar warts or foot wart removal?

What is a Plantar Wart?

A plantar wart is a small skin growth caused by the virus, HPV or human papillomavirus. Since they are caused by a virus, they can be spread, directly or indirectly. For example, someone with a wart touches the handle of the grocery cart. Another person touches the handle and the wart, or virus, has spread.

Most warts are harmless and will go away in a couple years, even if you don’t do anything to them. Warts, however, can be unsightly, an irritation, and slightly painful.

How to remove plantar warts

Unless it is bothersome, a plantar wart will most likely go away on its own eventually. Luckily, there are some easy ways to treat the wart if you want it gone sooner.

  • Over-the-Counter Treatments-You can find different options at your local pharmacy. These treatments work by basically peeling off the wart. This option only works about half the time.
  • Duct Tape-You can use basic duct tape by placing a strip over your wart. Leave it there for about a week. When it’s time, take off the tape and soak your plantar’s wart in warm water. Then, use a file or pumice stone to gently rub away the wart. You may have to repeat this process several times over the course of 2-3 months.
  • Doctor Treatment-A Boston podiatrist can remove the wart, too. They can remove it via surgery, laser, or by freezing it off using liquid nitrogen.

You don’t have to live with a plantar wart when there are effective removal options.

Plantar Warts: Myths, Truths & Removal Options

Treatment for Plantar WartsIt is well known lore in America that touching frogs causes warts. Now since most of us have handled a frog or two in our childhood, we can be pretty certain that isn’t the case. Frogs are one common myth, but there are countless others that surround the wart.

For instance, in the Philippines handling a plain colored chicken is a sure way to pick up a wart. Chickens are plentiful in the Philippines, however having one that is plain apparently is not. Rats are the cause in Asia. Touching rats is a definite road to finding yourself with a wart.

As many ways as there are to “catch” a wart, there are just as many, if not more, ideas on how to cure them. From strands of human hair tied around a wart, to tapping a wart when you hear a lightening strike, to even having a wart whisperer whisper to it, generations of people have practiced various methods of wart removal.

The plain truth is, warts are just no fun. They are unsightly, often painful, and not so easy to get rid of. The human papillomavirus is to blame, and although warts can be found on different areas of the body, the plantar wart shows up on the bottom of the foot.

The virus enters through small open areas of the foot, and likes warm moist areas, so places like wet locker room floors are ideal places to pick it up. However, not everyone is susceptible to contracting them due to differences in immune systems. Warts are not highly contagious. These factors may explain why not everyone in the same household may have a plantar wart when one person is affected.

Plantar warts can present themselves as small fleshy grainy growths coming outwards from the skin, or if they are on a pressure point, they may show as buried under a layer of hard callus with a defined spot in the middle. Although the dark spots are often called “seeds”, they are actually small clotted blood vessels. Often times a person will feel pain in the area of a wart when standing or walking.

The worst thing about a plantar wart is it doesn’t go away quickly on its own. A wart can typically last for a few years before it disappears, and often it will spread to different areas of the foot. Many people attempt to treat warts at home with various home remedies, but most haven’t been proven scientifically, and it takes a long time to cure a wart this way if it works at all.

If you have tried treating warts at home with no success, its time to visit a Boston podiatrist. There are different treatment options we may recommend. Freezing, surgery and laser treatments are often used to treat plantar warts. A topical substance called cantharidin (secreted from the blister beetle) is also an option. A strong form of salicylic acid topical used over a period of weeks, or special injections to stimulate the immune system are other forms of wart treatment.

If you are troubled by plantar warts contact our Boston foot clinic today.

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