Most plantar warts aren’t a serious health concern, but they may be bothersome or painful, and they can be resistant to treatment. You may need to see your Podiatrist to treat and remove plantar warts.
How does a podiatrist remove a plantar wart?
Your doctor cuts away the wart or destroys it by using an electric needle (electrodesiccation and curettage). This procedure can be painful, so your doctor will numb your skin first. Because surgery has a risk of scarring, this method usually isn’t used to treat plantar warts unless other treatments have failed.
What do podiatrists use to treat plantar warts?
Salicylic acid is the “workhorse” for most podiatrists and family practitioners. Salicylic acid comes in varying strengths from over-the-counter (OTC) preparations at 17% to physician-only manufactured preparations of 55%.
Do podiatrists do warts?
It is possible that your podiatric physician will prescribe and supervise your use of a wart-removal preparation. More likely, however, removal of warts by a simple surgical procedure, performed under local anesthetic, may be indicated. Lasers have become a common and effective treatment.
How do podiatrists get rid of warts?
Cryotherapy: If your podiatrist suggests freezing your wart, also known as cryotherapy, this procedure will be done during your office visit. Cryotherapy is the method of applying a liquid nitrogen to the wart. The chemical reaction causes a blister to form around the wart, which will later slough off.
What happens to a plantar wart if left untreated?
If left untreated, plantar warts can grow up to 1 inch in circumference and may spread into clusters called mosaic warts. In severe cases, they can cause a change in gait or posture that results in leg or back pain–our job is to make sure that doesn’t happen.
Can you dig out a plantar wart?
You should not dig out a wart. It could cause severe pain and more problems down the road. Plantar warts typically lie under the skin tissue on the bottom of the foot. Trying to dig them out would cause more underlying issues.
Can you pull a plantar wart out with tweezers?
Home Treatments for Warts
Warts are contagious, especially when you start to treat them. Any object used (tweezers, file, etc.) should not be used on any other body part after touching the wart. Those with diabetes should not treat warts on the feet.
How do you get rid of a plantar wart overnight?
Here is the process:
- Dilute two parts ACV with one-part water.
- Soak the cotton ball in the solution.
- Put the cotton ball on the wart directly.
- Cover the area with a tape or bandage for several hours (probably overnight)
- Remove and discard the cotton ball and bandage.
- Repeat the process until the wart breaks off.
What does a plantar wart look like when it comes out?
They appear as thick, rough, callus-like thickenings on the soles of the feet. In addition, plantar warts often have multiple small black “dots” at the surface, which are actually tiny blood vessels. Plantar warts are usually tender.
When should I go to the doctor for a planters wart?
When to see a doctor
The lesion is bleeding, painful or changes in appearance or color. You’ve tried treating the wart, but it persists, multiplies or recurs. Your discomfort interferes with activities. You also have diabetes or poor sensation in your feet.
When should you see a podiatrist for a plantar wart?
When to see a podiatrist
Warts that bleed or change appearance. Persistent, recurring, or multiple warts. Diabetes, nerve damage, or poor sensitivity in your feet. A weakened immune system.
Are warts caused by being dirty?
Some people think that warts are caused by dirt or lack of hygiene, and that’s false.
Do plantar warts have roots?
A common misconception is that plantar warts have seeds or roots that grow through the skin and can attach to the bone. The wart may appear to have a root or seeds, but these are in fact small clusters of the wart just beneath the top layer of the skin.
How do I know when a plantar wart is completely killed?
The wart may swell or throb. The skin on the wart may turn black in the first 1 to 2 days, which might signal that the skin cells in the wart are dying. The wart might fall off within 1 to 2 weeks.
Why is my plantar wart so painful?
Plantar warts will sometimes get better with good home care, but when a wart grows underneath the skin, on the heels or balls of the feet, the pressure causes the wart to grow inward beneath the thick skin, causing pain and discomfort when walked on.