Dealing with warts on the soles of your feet? These are called plantar warts.
Warts are hard benign bumps that can grow practically anywhere on the body. When warts appear on the soles of the feet they are known as plantar warts. Plantar warts, just like other warts, develop when the skin has been infected by the human papillomavirus (HPV). Of course, while plantar warts are harmless, you may find them gross or uncomfortable. If so, our Bronx, NY, podiatrist Dr. Barry Finkelstein has different ways to treat your condition.
One look at the footcare aisle of your local drugstore will tell you that there are a variety of at-home options for treating warts. There are also a lot of DIY methods on the Internet, but it’s important that you consult your foot doctor in the Bronx before you decide to try these methods to make sure they are right for you.
There are some at-home options that allow you to freeze the wart off. You can also apply a salicylic acid solution over the wart that can, over time, lessen the size of the wart until it completely goes away. With at-home care it is possible to see results as soon as a couple of weeks; however, if you still don’t see an improvement after a few weeks of treatment it’s time to give us a call.
When to Visit a Medical Professional
It’s also important to know when it’s time to seek proper medical attention from a foot doctor in the Bronx who will know the best and most effective methods for getting rid of your wart. Furthermore, if you are someone who has been diagnosed with diabetes or has nerve damage in their feet, you should always come in right away for treatment even if the problem seems minor. Even the smallest issues can cause more serious complications if you aren’t careful.
If healthy individuals aren’t getting the results they want from at-home care, or if someone wants to remove the wart quickly then it’s time to turn to a podiatrist. There are many ways in which a doctor may choose to treat the wart: acid, laser therapy, excision or through liquid nitrogen (freezing).
Don’t let plantar warts make it difficult or uncomfortable to move around. If you are dealing with this issue then don’t hesitate to turn to NYNJ Foot and Ankle Associates. Located in Bronx, NY, we provide comprehensive foot and ankle services to patients of all ages.