A plantar wart is a hard, grainy growth that usually appears on the bottom of the foot in areas where the most pressure is absorbed. Plantar warts occur when the human papillomavirus (HPV) makes contact with the skin on the soles of feet. The virus is usually introduced into the body through small cuts or openings on the bottom of the foot. With help from Dr. Speilfogel and Dr. Kleyner, our podiatrists in Brooklyn, NY, and Manhattan, NY, we can find the best treatment option for you.
Types of Plantar Warts
Because they are spread through viral infections, those with weakened immune systems—such as children and senior citizens—are more likely to develop these warts. While most warts are visible, some plantar warts grow inwards—due to too much pressure—and form a callus.
The two most common types of plantar warts seen at our Brooklyn and Manhattan podiatry offices include:
- Solitary wart: It is a single wart that increases in size, but may also develop into additional “satellite” warts.
- Mosaic wart: In some cases, multiple warts cluster together in one area causing a “mosaic” effect. This type of wart is usually more difficult to treat.
Symptoms of Plantar Warts
While most cases of plantar warts in Brooklyn, NY, and Manhattan, NY can go away on their own with time, most people want faster relief. The goal of podiatric treatment in Manhattan and Brooklyn for plantar warts is to completely remove the wart, not cover it up.
Some of the most common warning signs of plantar warts include:
- Small, fleshy and rough growths develop
- Hard, thickened skin forms
- Formation of small clotted blood vessels
- Pain when walking or standing
- Tenderness in the affected area
Our foot doctors in Manhattan, New York, and Brooklyn, New York can usually diagnose a plantar wart by completing a simple physical exam. Dr. Speilfogel or Dr. Kleyner may remove a section of the lesion to send out for further testing.
Treating Plantar Warts in Brooklyn and Manhattan
If walking becomes painful or the warts are spreading, over-the-counter treatments are available. However, these often require multiple treatments and are still ineffective. When self-care and home remedies fail, visit our Brooklyn and Manhattan podiatrists, Dr. Speilfogel and Dr. Kleyner. The following conservative, non-invasive treatments may be recommended instead:
- Prescription-strength wart medications
- Cryotherapy (freezing the wart off)
- Minor surgery to cut away the wart
- Laser treatment
Contact us at Hamilton Foot and Ankle Associates in Manhattan, NY and Brooklyn, NY about plantar warts and proper treatment.