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By Dr. Neal J. Katz DPM
September 04, 2018
Category: Foot Conditions
Tags: Plantar Warts  

Find out why warts sometimes develop on feet and how to get rid of them.

 

Most people, especially children, may develop warts at some point. These skin-colored growths are benign and often harmless; however, Plantar Wartssometimes they can appear in places that are a bit uncomfortable or embarrassing. For example, plantar warts are warts that develop on the soles of your feet. As you might imagine, this problem can be rather uncomfortable and make walking around or standing painful, at times. Our Madison and Stoughton, WI, podiatrist Dr. Neal Katz is here to tell you more about why plantar warts happen and how to treat them.

What causes plantar warts?

All warts are caused by a viral infection known as the human papillomavirus (HPV). There are many different strains of HPV, and while there are some strains that can lead to other issues such as genital warts, rest assured that the strain that causes genital warts is not the same as the strain that is responsible for plantar warts.

How can I treat plantar warts?

Most people don’t realize this, but warts will often go away all on their own after a couple of years even without treatment; however, patients dealing with plantar warts might find them uncomfortable or irritating because they are on the soles of your feet. If you find that your plantar warts are making it difficult to walk around or are causing you discomfort then you should visit your Madison, WI, foot doctor for an evaluation.

If you don’t want to wait for the warts to go away over time then our goal will be to remove them during your visit. There are several ways in which to do this:

  • Applying a topical solution containing salicylic acid (it take several weeks to see results)
  • Burning off the warts
  • Liquid nitrogen (to freeze the wart)
  • Laser treatment
  • Minor surgery (to cut off the wart)

If you or someone in your family is dealing with plantar warts it’s a good idea to come in for an evaluation. After all, there are other growths that can develop that look similar to warts, and it’s a good idea to have a professional opinion before you start treating the issue yourself. Our podiatrists offer two locations in Madison, WI, and one in Stoughton, WI, to serve you better. Call one of our offices today to schedule an appointment.

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