Warts on the bottom of your feet are embarrassing, can be painful, and can spread if not treated in time. Dr. Neil Zwiebel, expert podiatrist at Park East Podiatry in New York, New York, removes plantar warts without surgery or downtime. If you live or work in the New York City area and have noticed rough or painful patches on your feet, call the friendly Park East Podiatry team or book a consultation online.
Plantar warts are benign growths on the plantar region (sole) of your foot. Warts are caused by the human papillomavirus (HPV) and are highly contagious. You can pass warts to other people and even transfer them to other parts of your body through touch.
Most plantar warts are no larger than a pencil eraser. They may be flat or can grow outward or inward. Warts that grow outward may feel like pebbles in your shoes.
Some plantar warts have a tiny black dot in the center, known as a seed. Clusters of plantar warts can cover large areas of your sole.
Some warts resemble calluses. However, warts are painful when you pinch them, but calluses generally aren’t.
The HPV that causes warts thrives in warm and moist conditions. You can get plantar warts by walking barefoot in areas like swimming pools, saunas, showers, and gyms. You’re more likely to get a wart if you have a cut or sore on the sole of your foot.
Plantar warts usually resolve on their own over weeks to months. If they’re painful, cause you embarrassment, or don’t respond to over-the counter treatments, Dr. Zwiebel removes them with either pulsed-dye laser or cryotherapy.
Pulsed-dye laser therapy is a relatively pain-free procedure performed using only local anesthesia. Dr. Zwiebel shaves the thickened skin off your wart. The laser light pulses destroy the red blood vessels that feed the wart and kill the HPV, too, without affecting your surrounding skin.
Immediately after pulsed-dye laser treatment, your wart turns a purplish-gray. Over the next couple of weeks, the wart dries up. Dr. Zwiebel scrapes off the residue at a follow-up appointment.
The cryotherapy process is similar to pulse-dye laser treatment, except that Dr. Zwiebel uses cold, not heat, to kill the HPV and dry up the wart. After preparing the skin, he sprays liquid nitrogen on your wart.
Both pulsed-dye laser and cryotherapy are fast, effective, noninvasive treatments that minimize the risk for recurrent warts. You can return to your normal daily activities directly after treatment.
Stop warts before they spread. Contact Dr. Zwiebel at Park East Podiatry for fast, effective treatment of plantar warts by calling his friendly office staff or booking online.