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Ahwatukee Foot & Ankle Center -  - Foot and Ankle Surgeon

Ahwatukee Foot & Ankle Center

Foot and Ankle Surgeons located in Phoenix, AZ & Maricopa, AZ

Most people experience plantar warts (or foot warts), at some point in their lives. Though these warts may go away on their own, in some cases, they lead to persistent pain and discomfort. At Ahwatukee Foot & Ankle Center in Phoenix and Maricopa, Arizona, the team of board-certified podiatrists provides state-of-the-art plantar wart treatment that gets results in just one session. To schedule an appointment, call or use the online booking tool today.

Warts Q & A

What causes plantar warts?

Plantar warts, the medical term for foot warts, develop from contact with human papillomavirus (HPV). HPV affects the outermost layer of your skin and can impact you through tiny cuts, breaks, and other weak spots in your skin.

It’s possible to come into contact with HPV without developing plantar warts. Your body’s immune system often fights off the virus before warts have the chance to grow. You’re more likely to end up with plantar warts if:

  • You have a weakened immune system from a medical condition or take immunosuppressant medication
  • You’ve had plantar warts in the past
  • You’re young — children and teenagers have a higher risk

Plantar warts are rarely a serious medical concern. However, they can be persistent and painful. If your warts or any other growths on your feet, schedule an appointment at Ahwatukee Foot & Ankle Center as soon as possible.

What are the signs and symptoms of plantar warts?

Plantar warts appear as small, rough, grainy growths on the bottom of your feet. They usually appear in areas of your feet that bear weight, especially your heels, the base of your toes, and your forefoot. They’re about the same color as the rest of your skin but are usually flecked with tiny black spots, which are small, clotted blood vessels.

Plantar warts may begin to cause pain and tenderness as you continue to walk or stand on them. The warts may begin to grow inward, and you may develop a callus over the wart.

Not all plantar warts require treatment. If your warts are bleeding, multiplying, or interfering with your daily activities, be sure to schedule an appointment to see our physicians.

It’s also especially important to get treatment for warts if you have diabetes or a weakened immune system, as these factors put you at risk for infection and rapid proliferation of warts.

How are plantar warts treated?

You should seek medical attention if your plantar warts are painful or haven’t improved in a few days with at-home care.

Your podiatrist may recommend prescription-strength topical treatments with salicylic acid, surgical excision or specialized injection treatment.

To get treatment for plantar warts at Ahwatukee Foot & Ankle Center, call or click today.