If you have warts on your feet, they are known as plantar warts. They are also a very common problem that your podiatrist can diagnose and treat.
Plantar wart causes and who gets them
Plantar warts are caused by a virus. You can be exposed to this virus by walking barefoot in public areas like showers, locker rooms, or public pools. Anyone can develop plantar warts, but they are more common in children, teenagers, and immunocompromised people.
Characteristics of plantar warts
Plantar warts can look like rough, scaly bumps and can develop in clusters or clumps. They can also look like a callus and have a small black dot in the middle. They can be found on toes, heels, and forefeet. They can also develop along the ridges in your feet. Warts can be either non-painful or painful.
Treatments for wart removal
Your podiatrist has a few effective ways to treat plantar warts. Your podiatrist may recommend:
What you can expect from wart removal treatment
Wart treatment may take a few weeks to get rid of the wart completely. A wart may return if treatment is not followed consistently. If your podiatrist uses liquid nitrogen, treatment can take 2-3 visits. If laser treatment is used, you may need 1-3 treatments to get rid of the wart. If your podiatrist has surgically removed the wart, try to stay off of your feet for the first day and avoid putting pressure or stress on the area.