Warts Specialist

Augusta Foot & Ankle, PC

Podiatrists located in Evans, GA

Untreated warts can lead to pain and discomfort when they’re left to grow on the bottom of your feet. Augusta Foot & Ankle, PC in Evans, Georgia has been treating patients with foot conditions like plantar warts since 2001. The practice offers state-of-the-art care in a comfortable atmosphere from doctors you can trust. If you or your child are fighting a foot condition like warts, call Augusta Foot & Ankle or schedule an appointment online to get them treated.

Warts

Augusta Foot & Ankle, PC

What is a wart?

A wart is a hard skin growth caused by a virus. When a wart appears on your hands, it is called a palmer wart. When it’s on the bottom of your foot, it is called a plantar wart.

Unlike warts on other parts of your body, plantar warts usually grow into your skin instead of out from it. That's because your body weight exerts pressure on the soles of your feet where they typically appear.

A plantar wart is a small, circular growth that often looks like a small head of cauliflower. Other visual indications of a plantar wart include:

  • A depression in the center
  • Yellowish in color or black spots
  • Hard, rough, or crusty texture

Plantar warts are common and sometimes recede without treatment. However, they often appear on weight-bearing areas of your feet like your heels, so they can cause pain and discomfort when walking or standing.

What causes plantar warts?

Plantar warts are caused when the human papillomavirus (HPV) enters your body through your feet. This virus thrives in damp, warm places, so your risk of exposure increases by walking barefoot in communal areas such as public pools and locker rooms.

Your body’s response to HPV exposure depends on your immune system; coming in contact with HPV doesn’t guarantee that you’ll develop a wart. Risk of developing plantar warts increases if you have a history of plantar warts or a weakened immune system.

Children and teenagers between 12 and 16 years of age also have a higher risk of developing plantar warts.

How are plantar warts diagnosed and treated?

Your doctor at Augusta Foot & Ankle, PC can usually make a visual diagnosis during your appointment. They might remove a small section of the wart for laboratory testing.

Plantar warts can be difficult to treat because a viral infection causes them. Some options your doctor might recommend include:

  • Acid applications: removes layers of your wart and triggers your immune system
  • Cryotherapy: freezes the wart with liquid nitrogen to kill the wart and stimulate your immune system
  • Laser treatment: destroys the wart with heat

Topical treatments offered at Augusta Foot & Ankle often resolve your wart in one or two treatments. In rare cases, your doctor might recommend a minor office surgery to remove the wart.

To learn more about treatment options for plantar warts, call Augusta Foot & Ankle, PC or schedule an appointment online today.