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Treatment for Plantar Warts


At some point in their lives, the majority of people will get one or more warts on their foot. Even though foot warts aren’t as “severe” as, say, an ankle injury, they may be annoying, embarrassing, and unpleasant.

Worse, warts can spread to other parts of your body (or even other people) and are notoriously difficult to treat. Until now, that is.

Worse, warts can spread to other parts of your body (or even other people) and are notoriously difficult to treat. Until now, that is.


The lesion itself is the most noticeable sign of a plantar wart. These viral growths appear to be rough and gritty. Although warts can form everywhere on the body, plantar warts refers to warts on the foot, which are most commonly found on the toes or soles.

Tiny black spots, which some wrongly refer to as “seeds,” are frequently visible. Actually, these are only clogged blood vessels.

Tenderness, discomfort, and even pain can occur while standing or walking if a plantar wart is located in a weight-bearing place or at a site that is continually rubbing against the inside of your shoe.

Plantar Wart Treatment

Wart Prevention Tactics

  • Make sure you don't touch a wart directly, including your own. If you do, make sure to thoroughly wash your hands (or other body parts).
  • In common areas where the wart-causing virus might be present, such as gym showers and indoor swimming pools, wear shower shoes or sandals.
  • Keep your feet clean and dry at all times.
  • Do not use the same equipment that you used to remove a wart on your healthy skin. (One way to avoid this is to use a disposable emery board.)
  • Every day, put on new socks.

Contrary to common belief, warts are not caused by frogs or witches. Instead, they are caused by the human papillomavirus, which is a pretty common infection (HPV).

This virus thrives in environments that are warm and moist. Sweaty shoes, pool decks, and locker rooms can harbor HPV.

Because HPV requires a point of entry into the skin, people with cuts, cracks, scrapes, or skin that has become weak and delicate due to exposure to water are particularly vulnerable. However, these weak places might occasionally be so minor that they go undetected.

A wart can affect anyone, although they are more common in youngsters, the elderly, and those with illnesses that damage the immune system.


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It’s critical to emphasize that if you have diabetes, you should not attempt to treat these viral growths on your own. When you notice one while doing your daily foot check, wrap it with a clean bandage to keep the virus from spreading and call our office to schedule an appointment.

If you do not have a condition that affects your autoimmune system, such as diabetes, you can try home treatment methods. Over-the-counter (OTC) kits are available in retail stores and pharmacies. Take steps to protect unaffected skin from salicylic acid when using OTC kits.

Home remedies for warts, on the other hand, have not been found to be much better than just waiting for warts to go away on their own—a process that can take months. So, if you’re in pain, discomfort, or embarrassment and just want it to go away, you’re much better off making an appointment with us.


Contact our office by calling (804) 273-1717 for additional information or to schedule an appointment. You can also request your visit with Achilles Foot and Ankle Center online today.


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