Plantar warts are called plantar warts because they are found on the plantar (bottom) surfaces of your feet. Warts can also be located on the top of your feet, but then are not referred to as "plantar warts,” just simply “warts.” These warts can be flat or raised depending on location. They are often painful when they are present on the bottoms of the feet.

Warts are caused by the human papillomatous virus or HPV. Usually, the virus gets into the feet through a small deficit in the skin. These deficits may include feet with fungus (athlete's foot), wounds and cuts in the skin, and macerated (wet) areas.

If you think you may have a wart, you will want to make an appointment with a podiatrist to discuss treatment. There are several different ways to get rid of warts, including topical treatments, surgical intervention, and specialty therapies such as lasers. These are all options offered at Grandville Foot and Ankle, PC.


The Importance Of Having Several Treatment Options For Plantar Warts And Ways To Resolve Them Faster

At Grandville Foot and Ankle, we know that there is no “one right way” to treat viral warts. We value educating our patients about warts and ways to prevent them. In addition, we offer several treatment options when it comes to warts. If you are reading this, you are probably thinking, “I have tried several of the over-the-counter medications and none of them worked” or “my warts are so painful to walk on.” Thankfully, you have come to the right place!

Did you know that the longer you have warts, the harder and longer it is to resolve?

That’s right! If you have been struggling with warts for weeks, or even months, it is important to start treatment as soon as possible so that you can get your feet looking healthy and feeling better! Warts can be extremely painful, however, they are treatable and should be treated.

Did you know that you can spread warts to others, including family members?

Warts are caused by cracks, cuts, and deficits in the skin. For example, pediatric patients are treated a lot in our office and most of them have a common story of visiting a public gym or pool. They may have gone into these locations wart-free and then came out of the locations with a new wart! We help you not only protect the skin barrier with our great skin healers but also can help treat warts so you can say “bye-bye warts.” Also, many people want to prevent the spread of warts to their family members. People who are immunocompromised are more prone to “catching a wart” when bathing and walking barefoot in locations where people have had warts and walked barefoot before them.

Did you know there are many treatments, including treatments that are safe for patients during pregnancy and pediatric patients?

Some of the amazing treatments we have in our office include topical compounded acid treatments, cantharidin acid treatments, cryotherapy, and laser therapy! All have shown to resolve warts over the course of treatments. Different treatments can benefit different patients depending on lifestyle, pregnancy, and age. Sometimes not one therapy works on a specific patient, which is why we offer so many different options. If you have seen another specialist for warts, but it was not successful, don’t give up and visit us at Grandville Foot and Ankle so our doctor can help you!

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