Warts Specialist

Hoosier Foot & Ankle

Podiatrists & Foot & Ankle Surgeons located in Carmel, Fishers, Franklin, Greenwood, Indianapolis, and Zionsville, IN

Plantar warts are known for being contagious and easy to spread to others, so starting an effective treatment plan is important. The team of top podiatrists at Hoosier Foot & Ankle can treat your case of warts at any of their five convenient locations throughout the Greater Indianapolis area. Because plantar wart treatments are quick, you can even get the care you need during your lunch break. Schedule your appointment by clicking on the online booking feature, or by calling your closest office.

Warts Q & A

What causes plantar warts?

Plantar warts are tiny growths that tend to develop on your heels, balls of your feet, or other weight-bearing areas along the soles of your feet. They’re caused by the human papillomavirus (HPV), which enters your body through weakened skin or through a small cut. You can get infected with wart-causing HPV due to:

  • Walking barefoot in gym locker rooms
  • Sharing socks or shoes with someone who’s infected
  • Having a weakened immune system

Plus, if you’ve had plantar warts in the past, you’re highly likely to develop them again, especially if you don’t thoroughly treat them.

Are plantar warts painful?

They can be, although generally plantar warts only cause discomfort and tenderness when you’re standing or walking — they shouldn’t cause chronic pain. Aside from possible pain, you’re also probably going to notice:

  • Small, grainy lesions
  • Black pinpoints in the warts
  • Thickened calluses over warts that grow inward

While plantar warts aren’t typically a serious health concern, it’s important to recognize signs and symptoms and to get treatment early on. This way, you can prevent the spread of the infection and decrease your risk of a recurrence.

How are plantar warts treated?

Treating plantar warts can often effectively be done with a short office visit to Hoosier Foot & Ankle. Your dedicated podiatrist evaluates your medical history and current symptoms to determine which treatment is best for your specific case of warts. You may benefit from:

  • Prescription-strength salicylic acid
  • Liquid nitrogen freezing (cryotherapy)
  • Pulsed-dye laser treatments
  • Electrodesiccation and curettage surgery

Depending on which treatment you have and how well you respond, you may only need one treatment to get rid of your warts.

Can I prevent foot warts?

You might not be able to prevent every foot (plantar) wart outbreak, but you can certainly do several things to decrease your risk, including:

  • Wearing shower shoes in locker rooms or near pools
  • Keeping your feet clean and dry
  • Washing your hands after touching warts

The team at Hoosier Foot & Ankle counsels you on different things you can do and lifestyle changes you can make to decrease your risk of future wart issues.

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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