Warts on the feet, known as plantar warts, can be a common and bothersome condition for many individuals. As a podiatrist in Las Vegas, we understand the challenges and discomfort that warts can cause. In this post, we will explore the causes, symptoms, and effective treatment options available for warts on the feet, helping you find relief and regain your foot health.

Plantar warts are caused by the human papillomavirus (HPV) and are typically found on the soles of the feet. They often appear as small, grainy growths with a rough surface and may be accompanied by pinpoint black dots (small clotted blood vessels). Due to their location, these warts can cause discomfort or pain, especially when walking or standing.

 There are various treatment options at your disposal. Here are some of the most effective methods for treating plantar warts which we can do in office:

  1. Salicylic Acid: Topical application of salicylic acid is a common first-line treatment for plantar warts. This keratolytic agent helps to break down the layers of the wart gradually.
  2. Cryotherapy: involves freezing the wart with liquid nitrogen. By creating a blister around the wart, the freezing temperatures destroy the affected tissues. Multiple sessions may be required for complete wart removal.
  3. Cantharidin: is a blistering agent that is applied to the wart by a professional. This method causes a blister to form beneath the wart, lifting it off the skin.
  4. Surgical Intervention: In cases where other treatments have been unsuccessful, surgical removal of the wart may be necessary.

Prevention and Home Care:

To prevent the spread of plantar warts we:

  • Encourage good foot hygiene, including washing the feet regularly and keeping them dry.
  • Advise patients to avoid walking barefoot in public areas, such as communal showers or locker rooms.
  • Recommend wearing clean and breathable socks, and alternating shoes to allow them to dry thoroughly.
  • Suggest the use of waterproof sandals or flip-flops in public areas, especially if someone in the household has plantar warts.

As a surgically skilled podiatrist in Las Vegas, we are able help you effectively treat and manage plantar warts. We can help you find relief from the discomfort of plantar warts and get back to enjoying their daily activities pain-free.

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