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Posts for tag: Plantar Warts

By Dr. Neal J. Katz DPM
December 27, 2017
Category: Foot Care
Tags: Plantar Warts  

What your podiatrist in Madison and Stoughton wants you to knowplantar warts

If you have developed small, elevated growths on your feet, you could have plantar warts. Plantar warts are caused from exposure to a virus, which can penetrate your skin through cuts or breaks in your skin. They can go away on their own, but you may need a little help from your podiatrist. Dr. Neal Katz wants to share the facts about what to do about plantar warts. He has several office locations in Madison and Stoughton, WI to help your feet.

You may have plantar warts if you notice:

  • Small, rough growths at the base of your toes, heel, or forefoot
  • A callus of hard skin where the wart has moved inward
  • Small black pinpoints on the wart which are clotted blood vessels
  • Lesions that erupt along the ridges and lines in the skin of your foot
  • Tenderness or pain when you stand or walk

Children and teens are more commonly affected by plantar warts, but adults can get them too. You are at greater risk of experiencing plantar warts if you:

  • Have a weakened immune system
  • Have a history of plantar warts
  • Walk barefoot in public areas like locker rooms

You can try over-the-counter medications to reduce or eliminate plantar warts, but you may need the services of an expert. Dr. Katz offers several effective treatments for plantar warts including:

  • Peeling medicine containing salicylic acid, to remove individual layers of the wart
  • Freezing medicine using liquid nitrogen to freeze the wart and form a blister; dead tissue will slough off in a few days.
  • Laser treatment or surgery may be recommended for severe cases.

If you are experiencing discomfort from plantar warts and want your feet to look great again, it’s time to seek out an expert. It’s time to call Dr. Katz, with offices in Madison and Stoughton, WI. You don’t have to put up with ugly, uncomfortable plantar warts. Call today and let Dr. Katz take care of your feet!

By Dr. Neal J. Katz DPM
October 13, 2017
Category: Foot Issues
Tags: Plantar Warts  

Plantar warts are benign growths that develop on the bottom of your feet, and are caused by direct contact with the human papilloma virus (HPV). This is the same virus that causes warts on other areas of the body. Some people are more susceptible than others to HPV, and not everyone will develop plantar warts if they come into contact with the virus. Individuals with weak immune systems or damaged skin on the feet are at a higher risk for plantar warts.

Plantar warts most often develop on the weight-bearing areas of the foot - the heel or the ball of the foot - causing sharp, burning pain. They can appear as a single wart (solitary) or a cluster of warts (mosaic). Common symptoms may include:

  • Pain or discomfort when walking or standing
  • Thick, scaly skin that often resembles a callus
  • Hard, flat growths with well-defined boundaries
  • Tiny black specks (clotted blood vessels) that often appear on the surface of the wart

Most warts disappear with home care and do not require medical treatment. You can take steps to prevent and treat plantar warts, which include:

  • Changing your shoes and socks daily
  • Keeping your feet clean and dry
  • Avoid picking at warts as the virus may spread
  • Avoid direct contact with an individual who has plantar warts
  • Checking your child's feet periodically
  • Refrain from walking barefoot, especially in public areas like showers, swimming pools and locker rooms
  • Never ignore skin growths or changes in your skin

You should always seek care from a podiatrist when warts interfere with your daily life, aren't responding to home treatments, or if you have circulatory disorders. Contact us if your warts:

  • Change color or shape
  • Cause unbearable pain and discomfort
  • Interfere with activities
  • Multiply or reappear

Without treatment, plantar warts can grow, spread and prompt new warts to grow as fast as the old ones disappear. If you can't confidently identify a growth on your foot, visit your podiatrist to ensure a correct diagnosis. Early diagnosis and treatment can decrease the risk of the wart spreading and multiplying.



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