Warts are a common, but troublesome skin condition for many men and women. If Abington or Fort Washington, Pennsylvania are convenient to you, consult Dr. Ronald Small at Comprehensive Foot Care Associates about treatment options for this stubborn, contagious ailment that frequently affects your feet. Call or book an appointment online for a personalized consultation with one of greater Philadelphia’s leading podiatrists.
Warts are noncancerous skin growths that can develop on almost any part of your epidermis. They come in three common varieties, but as a podiatrist, Dr. Small typically treats warts on your feet, which are usually plantar warts.
There are several symptoms of plantar warts:
Because warts easily spread, you may actually develop a connected cluster of bumps in one or more areas.
Warts are caused by the human papillomavirus (HPV), and although there are over 100 strains of it, the kind that causes common warts aren’t associated with more severe symptoms of HPV like cervical cancer. Still, plantar warts and other varieties spread simply by touching infected areas of skin as well as objects like floors and bath mats that came into contact with the virus.
That’s why if you frequent a gym with showers, for example, Dr. Small recommends wearing flip-flops in all public bathing facilities instead of going barefoot. But warts on your hands can also transmit HPV to your feet, so avoid touching or rubbing your warts to help prevent them from spreading.
Children, young adults, and anyone with a weakened immune system are more susceptible to contracting HPV and developing more significant cases of warts.
Dr. Small usually diagnoses a wart through simple visual observation, but he sometimes will scrap the bump’s top layer off to identify the black or brown dot (clotted blood vessels). Occasionally, Dr. Small may perform a biopsy to remove a tiny sample of the lesion and analyze it in a lab to determine if it’s a wart or another condition.
There are both nonsurgical and surgical options for treating warts. Dr. Small may try to trigger your immune system to fight warts, or he may simply remove them or even suggest both strategies. Treatment options include:
Recovery from warts can vary greatly. Minor cases of common warts can sometimes go away without any treatment, but it may take a year or two and you risk new lesions forming during that time. If you just apply an acid solution, it typically only causes minor irritation (or some burning) and clears your warts in weeks or months.
Cryotherapy causes a blister to develop, which helps stimulate your immune system and remove the dead cells within a week or two. This option, laser therapy, and surgery usually involve a little more pain, but many men and women prefer them due to their much faster recovery times.
If you’re ready to clear warts from your feet, call for an appointment or book one online today.