A plantar wart is a hard, grainy growth that usually appears on the bottom of the foot in areas where the most pressure is absorbed. Plantar warts occur when the human papillomavirus (HPV) makes contact with the skin on the soles of feet. The virus is usually introduced into the body through small cuts or openings on the bottom of the foot.
Types of Plantar Warts
Plantar warts are spread through viral infections, which means those with weakened immune systems—such as children and senior citizens—are more likely to develop these warts. While most warts are visible, some plantar warts grow inwards—due to too much pressure—and form a callus. The two most common types of plantar warts include:
- Solitary wart: When there is just one single wart that increases in size and may develop into additional “satellite” warts.
- Mosaic wart: In some cases, multiple warts cluster together in one area—these warts are usually more difficult to treat.
Depending on the type of plantar wart, you might experience a variety of symptoms. By understanding the types and talking to Dr. Forman, you can further protect yourself from further discomfort.
Symptoms of Plantar Warts in Scottsdale
While most cases of plantar warts can go away on their own with time, most people want faster relief. The goal of podiatric treatment for plantar warts in Scottsdale is to completely remove the wart, not cover it up. Some common warning signs of plantar warts include:
- Small, fleshy and rough growths develop
- Hard, thickened skin forms
- Formation of small clotted blood vessels
- Pain when walking or standing
- Tenderness in the affected area
Dr. Forman, Scottsdale foot doctor, can usually diagnose a plantar wart by completing a simple physical exam. He may even remove a section of the lesion to send out for further testing.
Scottsdale Plantar Warts Treatment Options
While walking, if your feet begin experiencing pain or if the plantar warts are spreading, there are over-the-counter treatments available. However, it is important to remember that these often require multiple treatments and are still ineffective. When self-care and home remedies fail, visit Dr. Mark Forman, our Scottsdale podiatrist. Dr. Forman may recommend these conservative, non-invasive treatments for plantar warts:
- Prescription-strength wart medications
- Cryotherapy (freezing the wart off)
- Minor surgery to cut away the wart
- Laser treatment
Contact us at Put Your Feet First in Scottsdale, AZ for plantar warts information and treatment options.