Plantar warts are a very common foot problem today. Warts have a hard-to-treat reputation, but new advances in the world of podiatry are making a difference. At Forest Hills Family Foot Care in Queens, dedicated podiatric care specialist David Mehl, DPM, uses a variety of plantar wart treatments, including highly advanced options like cryotherapy. Call the Forest Hills, New York, office or use the provided link to arrange your appointment now.
Plantar warts appear on the bottom of your feet. These warts, also called verrucae, develop when the human papillomavirus (HPV) gets into your skin through a small cut or puncture.
Although unsightly and uncomfortable, plantar warts aren't a serious medical problem. They normally disappear within a few months. Because plantar warts can cause discomfort, many people choose to treat them rather than waiting.
Being on the bottom of your feet, plantar warts can make walking painful. In addition to the obvious discomfort, some visual indicators of plantar warts include:
Plantar warts can appear in groups, overlapping each other. They can resemble calluses also. But plantar warts are well-defined, while calluses look like the skin beneath them, just rougher.
There are a few over-the-counter remedies for plantar warts, but they're just not strong enough to reliably eliminate warts. Dr. Mehl treats plantar warts in a few different ways, based on your needs.
This may include options like cryotherapy, in which he applies a substance like liquid nitrogen to the wart. This freezes the affected tissue. You'll form a blister over the treated area. It dries up and falls off later, taking the wart with it.
Other treatment options include topical peeling medications that take the wart off in layers. However, cryotherapy is generally the gold standard treatment for plantar warts because it's a simple and highly effective in-office treatment.
Dr. Mehl can also help you take some steps to prevent plantar wart recurrence. This involves protecting your feet in environments where you could come in contact with HPV, such as public showers and locker rooms. Simply wearing shoes all the time offers a lot of protection.
Plantar warts can make every step hurt, but you can reclaim pain-free walking by calling Forest Hills Family Foot Care or clicking the provided appointment link now.