Identifying & Treating Plantar Warts

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Plantar warts are large warts that usually grow on the heel or ball of the feet and are caused by the human papillomavirus. Plantar warts tend to grow in places that are under the most pressure which is why they form in the heel and ball areas. They are often hidden underneath a thick layer of skin which makes them hard to identify without the help of your foot doctor.

Plantar warts are not a serious health problem, but they can cause considerable pain and discomfort.

Signs and symptoms of plantar warts may include the following:

1)    A pea-sized growth with a rough surface on the bottom of your foot usually in the heel or ball area.

2)    Hard, callused skin appearing over a small raised area where a wart has grown inward.

3)    Localized pain, discomfort, swelling and tenderness when you put weight on your foot.

Treatment methods for plantar warts include the following:

1)    Prescription strength acid peels--You can apply this acid at home to gradually peel away layers of skin and wart, but your foot doctor will do a much better job.

2)    Freezing--Freezing the wart with liquid nitrogen is frequently combined with acid peeling therapy.

3)    Vaccination--HPV vaccine can be taken orally and is effective at killing the virus that causes warts.

If you need help diagnosing and treating plantar warts, see your foot doctor. At Monroe Foot & Ankle Care, Dr. Elliott M. Perel treats a variety of conditions including diabetic foot problems, bunions, nail fungus, arthritis, and heel pain. Equipped with advanced technologies including shockwave therapy, MLS Laser treatment, and computerized gait analysis, Monroe Foot & Ankle Care provides specialized, high-quality service for patients across central New Jersey. For any problems you may be experiencing with your feet and ankles, contact our Monroe/Jamesburg office at (732) 521-2155 or our Metuchen office at (732) 744-0003 for an appointment.