Help for Your Plantar Warts

Plantar warts appear on the bottom of your feet as small, bumpy growths. They may have a tiny black dot on the surface and cause pain when you stand or walk.

Plantar warts are extremely contagious, which means you probably picked them up at your local pool, locker room shower, or by being barefoot in a martial arts studio. Specific strains of the human papillomavirus (HPV) cause warts. The virus enters your skin through tiny scrapes or cuts.

Anyone can get plantar warts, but they are more common in children or others with weak or compromised immune systems. When plantar warts take hold in your skin, they can be quite stubborn. Over-the-counter treatments aren’t always effective. That’s why you should reach out to the expert podiatry team at Hoosier Foot and Ankle with multiple locations in Indiana for help.

Learn how we can help you eliminate your plantar warts using effective, state-of-the-art technology. Once your feet are smooth and free, we provide you with tips to prevent new ones from developing in the future.

Conventional wart treatments

Whatever you do, don’t try to cut a plantar wart off yourself. The cuts can make the wart spread, not to mention that slicing up your own feet is never a good idea.

Folk remedies for “curing” plantar warts include placing duct tape over the wart for days on end until it softens and falls off. The science behind the duct tape method is weak, however, so you’d do better with contacting our office for a surefire treatment.

Over-the-counter and prescription level salicylic acid solutions are sometimes applied to eliminate plantar warts. This treatment can take weeks to show any results and is often ineffective on stubborn plantar warts.

Swift® wart treatment

We at Hoosier Foot and Ankle provide state-of-the-art Swift wart treatment to reliably eliminate plantar warts. Swift sends highly controlled microwave energy directly into your warts. The energy causes HPV-infected cells to release and trigger your immune system to eradicate them. 

After just three short Swift sessions, spaced about four weeks apart, your warts are gone. Particularly stubborn warts may need a few extra sessions for complete eradication.

Swift is preferable, too, because it doesn’t break the skin's surface and destroy tissue, like other wart removal methods such as cryotherapy (freezing), salicylic acid, or laser treatments. 

The entire treatment takes just 5-10 minutes – and that includes pre-and post-treatment time.

Following Swift treatments, you may have a little soreness at the treated sites, but you should be able to do all your regular activities without interruption.

Prevent plantar warts

If you successfully go through Swift treatment and don’t want plantar warts to return, some simple strategies help.

We recommend that you always wear shower shoes when in public locker rooms or are on a public pool deck. If you have other warts on your body, wash your hands after touching them. 

Keep your feet clean and dry at all times; warts love moist areas. 

Book your wart evaluation, and get started on treatment today at Hoosier Foot & Ankle. Schedule either online or over the phone.

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