Plantar warts are growths that occur on the bottom surface of the foot. Because they are usually
on the heel or the ball of the foot, walking can be painful. If you are experiencing plantar warts
that have not responded to home remedies, give us a call. Our experience with treating a variety
of conditions of the foot and ankle means you can count on feeling better fast.
Causes of Plantar Warts
Plantar warts, also called foot warts, are caused by the human papillomavirus (HPV). You may
come into contact with HPV on surfaces in moist areas where the virus thrives. Common places
of transmission include pool areas and locker rooms. HPV enters the body at places where the
skin is compromised. Especially if you have cuts or scrapes on your feet, it is a good idea to wear
shower shoes or flip flops in public places. You are also more vulnerable to plantar warts if your
immune system is weakened.
Symptoms of Plantar Warts
Plantar warts are easily identifiable by the hard, rough patch on the sole of the foot. Because of
their placement, walking can be painful. In some cases, plantar warts may not be raised but grow
Plantar warts usually respond well to home remedies. Common options include:
- Cushion pads to relieve pain and pressure with walking.
- Duct tape – keep the area continuously covered for several days. Soak and rub the area
with a pumice stone. You can repeat this process.
- Soaking the affected area in warm water.
- Over the counter salicylic acid preparations such as Compound W or Wart-Off.
- For an ingrown wart covered by a callus, a pumice stone can be helpful for removing the
tissue. Soak the affected area first to soften the skin. This remedy is not appropriate for
anyone with diabetes or peripheral artery disease (PAD). In these cases home remedies
are not appropriate. Schedule an appointment with our Atlanta podiatrist immediately.
You can expect improvement of symptoms within a few weeks. It may be several months, or
even a year, before plantar warts are completely resolved. If you don’t notice any improvement
in a few weeks, contact us to learn about additional treatment options. These include:
- Prescription strength salicylic acid.
- Freezing – liquid nitrogen is applied to the area.
These are conservative options and require several visits for optimal effectiveness. In rare cases
another level of treatment is indicated. This can include surgery and laser treatments. We offer
experienced advice and will work with you to determine the best option. Give us a call. Our goal
is to get you back on your feet fast.