Rhode Island Foot Care
Foot and Ankle Specialists & Podiatry located in Pawtucket, RI & North Providence, RI
While not necessarily dangerous, warts on your feet can cause discomfort and require medical care to prevent them from spreading. At Rhode Island Foot Care, the team can quickly and easily remedy plantar warts, eliminating the viral infection once and for all. There are convenient locations in Taunton and Dartmouth, Massachusetts, as well as North Providence, Pawtucket, Newport, Riverside, Johnston, Warwick, Cranston, East Providence, Cumberland, Warren, and Central Falls, Rhode Island. To find the proper treatment for warts, call your nearest office or schedule an appointment online.
Plantar Warts Q & A
What are plantar warts?
Any wart that develops on your body (typically on your hands or feet) are bumpy, noncancerous skin growths that don’t necessarily pose any immediate danger.
Warts that form on your feet, usually on the underside of your foot, are called plantar warts and can cause a fair degree of discomfort depending upon their location.
Plantar warts can show up as a single wart or a cluster, which are called mosaic warts.
What are the signs of plantar warts?
Plantar warts on your feet typically display the following telltale signs:
- Thickening tissue that looks like a callus
- Bumpy growths
- Tiny black dots at the center of the wart
The tiny black dots you notice are called seeds, and they’re the result of dried blood.
What causes plantar warts?
Any wart on your body is caused by the human papillomavirus (HPV), which is a very common, and contagious, viral agent. HPV has many different strains and only a few lead to warts.
HPV infection in your feet typically comes as a result of:
- Wet or damp environments, such as locker rooms or public swimming pools
- Damp shoes or socks
- Sharing damp towels
The virus thrives in moist, warm environments, so any area that meets these criteria is a potential source of the viral infection.
How are plantar warts treated?
When you come in, your provider performs a physical examination of your feet to confirm the presence of plantar warts. From there, they determine the best course of action for your situation, which may include:
- Cryotherapy (freezing your warts)
- Salicylic acid treatment
- Minor surgery to excise the wart
Warts are usually easily treated, but it’s important that you seek professional care to prevent the spread of the virus and more warts from developing.
Once your provider removes your warts, it’s essential that you take the necessary steps to prevent the condition from recurring, such as always wearing shoes in wet areas.
If you have diabetes, it’s especially crucial that you get in to see the specialists at Rhode Island Foot Care, as any problem with your feet deserves extra care.
To clear your feet of plantar warts, call Rhode Island Foot Care or schedule an appointment online.
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