Ambulatory Foot & Ankle Clinic
Podiatrists & Foot and Ankle Surgeons located in Thayne, WY & Pocatello, ID
Plantar warts on the bottoms of your feet can cause pain, making it difficult to walk. At Ambulatory Foot & Ankle Clinic, experienced podiatrists Adam Matthews, DPM, Karson Howard, DPM, and their team treat and eliminate warts to give you the relief you need. They have two offices in Thayne and Jackson, Wyoming, and four in Pocatello, Soda Springs, Montpelier, and Idaho Falls, Idaho. Call or book an appointment online at the location nearest you today.
Plantar Warts Q&A
What are plantar warts?
Plantar warts are small growths that develop on the soles of your feet. They occur when your skin becomes infected with human papillomavirus (HPV). The warts can grow anywhere on your feet, but they most commonly emerge on the bottom of your foot, the plantar side.
Anyone can get plantar warts, but they mostly occur in young children, adolescents, and the elderly.
What are symptoms of plantar warts?
Symptoms of plantar warts include:
- Patches of thick, hardened skin
- Small, rough growths
- Tenderness when putting pressure on your foot
- Pain when walking or standing
- Pain when squeezing the growth
Visually, plantar warts appear to look like a callus. You might also see tiny black dots on their surfaces. The size of the wart might look small, but it tends to grow deep into your skin, making it feel like you have a rock in your shoe.
When should I see my podiatrist for plantar warts?
If your wart causes discomfort, see your podiatrist if you want to have it removed to eliminate your pain. You should especially go to Ambulatory Foot & Ankle Clinic if you’re a diabetic or have a lack of sensation in your feet.
You should also see your podiatrist if your wart:
- Changes in appearance
- Limits your daily routine and activities
- Starts to multiply
Other reasons to make an appointment include having a weakened immune system, or if you simply speculate that the growth on your foot isn’t a wart. A proper diagnosis can get you the treatment you need.
How are plantar warts treated?
In most cases, plantar warts go away on their own. However, the process can take years. That’s why you should see your podiatrist at Ambulatory Foot & Ankle Clinic if you want the pain remedied quickly.
Treatment options include:
- Shaving or trimming the surface of the wart
- Applying topical medications
- Taking oral medications
- Freezing the wart
- Lasering the wart
In some cases, surgery might be your answer depending on the severity of your condition and pain. Your provider might also recommend that you help eliminate the wart with self-care tips and apply certain medications or patches daily.
If you think you have plantar warts, call the friendly office staff at Ambulatory Foot & Ankle Clinic today to book your appointment. You can also use the online scheduling tool for convenience.
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