Plantar warts form on the bottom of feet. They don’t often protrude from your foot since they are constantly being pressed down as you walk and although they are generally not painful, they can become so if a large amount of pressure is applied to them when mobile. This is why taking care of your feet and controlling the conditions that they are in can help with prevention.
You’ll know you have a plantar wart because it will start small at first, and then grow much larger. They are generally due to viral infections on the outer layer of the skin. The type of virus usually associated with plantar warts is HPV, however, numerous strains of the virus exist. When plantar warts start to become a problem, they will produce a burning sensation, become tender and develop an infection. The infection that may happen can cause side-effects and lead to other problems.
How can you rid yourself of plantar warts?
- There are medications you can use to get rid of warts. This will help by allowing you to peel them off after the outer layers become softened.
- Using technology that freezes the outer layer and thereafter allows for a medical professional to scrape them off. This is usually accomplished by the use of liquid nitrogen.
- Laser technology may be utilized to burn them off. This will also be more useful after the plantar wart is frozen. These methods are helpful in destroying the virus that may cause plantar warts.
At Family Foot Care of Southern Maryland, located in (Owings (410) 257-2242, Lexington Park (301) 863-6601, LaPlata (301) 934-3345 and Huntingtown (410) 535-1719), Maryland, our podiatrists Dr. Jeffrey Idol, DPM, Dr. Judith Olkaba, DPM, or Dr. Ruth P. Devadas, DPM, will utilize the latest methods to relieve the pain caused by your plantar warts and will eradicate them from your feet for the long-term. Please call our office at any of the numbers provided above so we can help.