It's easy to ignore a wart on your hand or knee. Although you might find the wart unsightly, it probably won't interfere with your life. However, plantar warts on your feet are another matter, for they can make every step that you take incredibly painful. Fortunately, your podiatrists, in Fairfax, VA, Drs. Steven Vetter and Jugal Dharia, offer effective removal treatments for these painful growths.
How did I get a wart?
Warts are caused by a strain of the human papillomavirus (HPV). The virus enters your body through a cut, scratch, or even a patch of dry skin. Once it penetrates your skin, new skin cells begin to grow rapidly, forming a bumpy growth.
When warts develop on the bottom of your feet, they're called plantar warts. Plantar warts are usually flat rather than bumpy. Although they may start out looking like any other wart, the pressure from your feet flattens them.
You may have caught the virus that causes plantar warts if you walked barefoot in a public locker room, shower, or pool area. Warts can also be spread by skin-to-skin contact or by sharing socks, towels, or a bed with someone who has a wart.
Why don't over-the-counter wart products work on my plantar wart?
Drugstore wart preparations only penetrate the first few layers of a wart. If you apply the product the minute you notice the wart, you may have some success. Unfortunately, it often takes a while for most people to realize that a wart is the cause of their foot pain. By then, over-the-counter products may no longer be helpful.
In response, your Fairfax podiatrist offers several ways to remove warts, including:
- Salicylic Acid Preparations: Applying the acid to your wart every night gradually dissolves it.
- Cryotherapy: Cryotherapy treatments performed in your foot doctor's office freeze wart cells, killing them.
- Electrodessication and Curettage: Your podiatrist scrapes off the wart with a special instrument then uses an electric needle to kill lingering wart cells.
- Laser Treatment: Laser treatment, the newest wart treatment option, uses laser energy to remove warts without damaging healthy skin surrounding the wart.
- Immune Therapy: Immune therapy injections take advantage of your body's natural healing ability. After receiving the injections, your immune system will target and kill the wart cells.
Give us a call
Do you have a painful plantar wart? If so, call your Fairfax, VA, podiatrists, Drs. Steven Vetter and Jugal Dharia, at (703) 352-8888 to schedule an appointment.