Most people get warts on their feet at some point in their lives. Usually, warts go away on their own or with self-care, but when they seem not to be to going away, there are removal options. At Local Foot Doc, located in Brooklyn and Queens, New York City, board-certified podiatrist Waldemar Majdanski, DPM, FACFAS, and his team of doctors offer a selection of treatments for plantar warts, including laser treatment, salicylic acid, and Cantharone®. For your convenience, there are locations in Brooklyn and offices in the Queens neighborhoods of Woodhaven, Forest Hills, and Astoria. To book an appointment, call or click today.
Plantar warts are hard, callus-like growths that occur on your toes and the soles of your feet. They are circular and flat. Their surface has a bumpy quality that may remind you of cauliflower, and they often contain tiny black spots. Most commonly, they affect areas of your foot that you put pressure on, or where bone sticks out, such as your heel or the ball of your feet.
Plantar warts are caused by contact with human papillomavirus (HPV), which is the most common viral skin infection. HPV is found in damp, warm shared environments like locker rooms and swimming pools and only affects the outermost layer of your skin.
You’re more likely to be infected with HPV if you have cracks or cuts that allow the virus to enter more easily. Plantar warts can become tender and painful, and these symptoms worsen with walking, standing, and putting other forms of pressure on the foot.
Though plantar warts can affect people of all ages, they’re most common among adolescents and seniors. Note that there are many types of HPV, and plantar warts are not caused by the same type of HPV as the STD of the same name. There is no vaccine to protect against the forms of HPV that cause plantar warts.
Many plantar warts resolve on their own within a few days or with self-care at home. However, if you have plantar warts that won’t go away or that are causing you pain, consider visiting Local Foot Doc. They offer a selection of treatment options for plantar warts that includes:
A topical treatment containing salicylic acid can help soften and dissolve the abnormal skin cells that make up your warts. Salicylic acid is available over the counter, but Dr. Majdanski and his team have access to higher concentrations than you can buy in a pharmacy. Because salicylic acid removes layers of the warts little by little, you’ll need multiple treatments over the course of several weeks.
Cantharone causes the skin under the wart to blister, lifting off the wart. As with salicylic acid, you’ll likely need a few treatments.
If salicylic acid and Cantharone don’t work, your doctor can treat your warts with a pulsed-dye laser, which heats up warts, causing them to fall off. You’ll need a series of laser treatments, spaced three to four weeks apart, to get results.
To get treatment for plantar warts, call your nearest office of Local Foot Doc or use the online scheduling tool.