What Can Make My Plantar Warts Go Away?

You notice one or more grainy rough growths on the bottom of your feet. You very well might have a wart, but don’t worry. Warts are normal, though not desirable. They rarely cause a health concern and usually go away on their own. You probably don’t want to wait that long, however.

Here’s how the team at Hoosier Foot & Ankle suggests you make your plantar warts disappear.

Why do I have plantar warts?

Plantar warts appear on the heels or on other areas on the bottom of your foot. They aren’t caused by kissing frogs or from a terrible curse, though. Plantar warts develop because you’ve been exposed to HPV, the human papillomavirus. This virus has many different strains. The one that causes plantar warts gets into your body through tiny cuts or other weak spots on the bottom of your feet.

HPV lives in warm, moist environments, such as a public shower, a pool deck, or an old sweaty shoe. One hint – wearing flip flops in public areas protects you from getting plantar warts in the first place.

Should I worry about plantar warts?

Nobody wants warts, but they generally aren’t a reason for medical concern. Plantar warts are an alert if you have diabetes, neuropathy, or poor circulation in your feet. The presence of warts may indicate other weaknesses in your feet that put you at risk of ulcerative sores, infection, and other complications.

Of course, if your plantar warts are in a location that limits your activity or they’re just painful, a visit to our office to have them removed is a must.

Plus, plantar warts are just plain embarrassing and ugly. So, it’s understandable that you want them gone.

Can I make plantar warts go away on my own?

You can let nature take its course and allow the wart to disappear on its own with time. However, you risk the wart multiplying or spreading to others in your household.

Over-the-counter “wart removal” kits are available, but generally don’t work super well. Other home therapies you read about on the internet, including duct tape and soaks, are also fairly ineffective. If they make your wart go away, it’s likely just a happy coincidence – not a true cause and effect.

What professional wart-removal methods are available?

Your best bet is to come see us at Hoosier Foot & Ankle. We offer effective topical medications that break up and kill the wart. Many versions are even appropriate for small children.

If you have a stubborn plantar wart (or warts), cryotherapy is another option. This involves freezing the wart off with a small dose of a cooling liquid. The wart scabs over and falls off. The procedure is mildly uncomfortable, but effective.

Excision is an option for especially difficult plantar warts. During the treatment, the podiatrist cuts the wart away while you’re under local anesthesia of course.

If you have plantar warts, make an appointment at Hoosier Foot & Ankle to have it evaluated and removed. Get smooth, clear feet that feel good when you walk, run, and jump. Call the office, or use the online tool to set up your appointment. 

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