Plantar Wart Removal [How to Identify a wart & Treat It!]
🦶We review plantar warts treatment & removal, how to identify a wart, what causes warts & what is a wart!🦶
A plantar wart, also known as verruca plantaris, is a type of wart that develops on the sole or plantar surface of the foot. It is caused by the human papillomavirus (HPV), specifically types 1, 2, 4, and 63. Plantar warts can be painful and may cause discomfort while walking or standing.
Plantar warts are caused by the HPV virus, which enters the body through small cuts or breaks in the skin. The virus thrives in warm, moist environments such as public swimming pools, locker rooms, and showers. Walking barefoot in these areas can increase the risk of contracting the virus.
Small, grainy growths on the sole of the foot with a rough, cauliflower-like appearance.
Typically flat or slightly raised with a well-defined border.
May have tiny black dots (clotted blood vessels) on the surface.
Can cause pain or tenderness, especially when pressure is applied.
May develop into a cluster of warts, known as mosaic warts, over time.
Treatment options for plantar warts vary depending on the severity, size, and duration of the wart. Some common treatment methods include:
Over-the-counter treatments: Non-prescription medications containing salicylic acid or lactic acid are available in the form of liquids, gels, pads, or plasters. These products help dissolve and gradually remove the wart over several weeks of consistent application.
Cryotherapy: Liquid nitrogen is applied to freeze the wart, causing the wart tissue to die and eventually fall off. Cryotherapy can be performed by a healthcare professional or by using over-the-counter freezing kits.
Prescription medications: In some cases, a dermatologist may prescribe stronger medications, such as topical retinoids or immune system modifiers, to treat stubborn or recurrent plantar warts.
Laser therapy: In more severe cases, laser treatment may be used to destroy the wart tissue. This procedure is typically performed by a dermatologist.
Surgical removal: If other treatments have been unsuccessful, surgical removal may be considered. This involves cutting out the wart under local anesthesia. Surgery is usually reserved for large or persistent warts.
To reduce the risk of developing plantar warts or spreading the virus, it’s important to take preventive measures, including:
Avoid walking barefoot in public areas, especially in moist environments like swimming pools or locker rooms.
Keep feet clean and dry.
Wear protective footwear, such as flip-flops or shower shoes, in public areas.
Avoid picking or scratching existing warts, as this can spread the virus.
Do not share towels, socks, or shoes with others.
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Dr. Tomasz Biernacki received his Doctor of Podiatric Medicine degree from Kent State College of Podiatric Medicine in 2013; he completed his Surgical Reconstructive Foot Surgery & Podiatric Medicine Residency in 2017; he completed 2 separate traveling Fellowships in Diabetic Surgery, Skin Grafting & Nerve Surgery. He is double board certified in Podiatric Medicine and separately in Foot & Ankle Surgery. His use of “doctor” or “Dr.” about himself solely refers to that degree. Dr. Biernacki is a licensed podiatrist in Michigan. This video is for general informational purposes only. It should not be used to self-diagnose and is not a substitute for a medical exam, cure, treatment, diagnosis, prescription, or recommendation. It does not create a doctor-patient relationship between Dr. Biernacki and you. It would be best if you did not change your health regimen or diet before consulting a physician and obtaining a medical exam, diagnosis, and recommendation. Always seek the advice of a physician or other qualified health provider with any questions regarding a medical condition.