Plantar warts are small, raised bumps that can cause pain with pressure. Annapolis Foot & Ankle Center’s highly skilled Central Maryland podiatrists provide the latest treatment solutions for this stubborn podiatric problem at our state-of-the-art offices in Annapolis, Stevensville, and Glen Burnie.
What Causes Plantar Warts?
Plantar warts are tiny growths that develop on the balls of your feet and between your toes. These uncomfortable and unsightly growths form when you’re exposed to human papillomavirus, or HPV, which can enter your skin through the tiniest crack or wound.
A highly contagious infection, HPV is found in areas where viral invaders thrive, such as communal showers or pool decks. Walking barefoot is an easy way to inadvertently expose yourself to HPV and increase your risk of plantar warts. Additionally, your risk of developing plantar warts is elevated if you have a weakened immune system, which is common with children, or have struggled with plantar warts in the past.
Plantar Wart Signs and Symptoms
Although plantar warts are highly visible, they often look similar to corns and other podiatric growths, which can make it easy to initially overlook an outbreak. However, when you have plantar warts, you may notice the following signs and symptoms:
- Raised or elevated bumps that disrupt the lines on your foot
- Electrical pains or burning sensations with pressure
- Growths with a grainy or rough texture
- Bumps with black pinpoint centers
- Small clusters of growths
Without professional treatment, foot warts can grow into the skin, causing a thick and uncomfortable callus to form over them. Also, if you’d hoped to wait out a plantar warts outbreak, there’s bad news: the virus can persist for years, causing outbreak after outbreak.
Don’t resign yourself to living with plantar warts. Annapolis Foot & Ankle Center offers the effective treatments you need to kick plantar warts to the curb.
Providing Effective Treatments for Plantar Warts
If you’ve tried home remedies and over-the-counter wart products to no avail, you may wonder if effective wart treatments even exist. The answer is yes. Our exceptional Central Maryland podiatric team offers the latest and most effective plantar wart solutions, so you can finally experience relief from agonizing plantar wart pain and discomfort. After a thorough examination and discussion of your medical history and symptoms, we may recommend any of the following options:
- In-office laser surgery
- Clinical-strength salicylic acid ointments
- Cryotherapy with liquid nitrogen (freezing therapy)
- Applying an electrical current, known as electrocautery
Rest assured, our caring and capable podiatry professionals are dedicated to helping you find the treatment that’s right for your needs, goals, and lifestyle. We’ll also provide guidance on what you can do to reduce your risk of future plantar wart outbreaks. Don’t wait for your plantar warts to worsen. Take the first steps toward relief.
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