Warts Specialist

DuPage Foot & Ankle, LLC

Donald Nichols, D.P.M.

Podiatry located in Hinsdale, IL & Wheaton, IL

If you have warts, they can be more than just an aesthetic concern. Dr. Donald Nichols treats an array of foot complications at DuPage Foot & Ankle, LLC in Wheaton, Hinsdale, and Oak Brook, Illinois, including plantar warts. Dr. Nichols can help you get rid of these small painful bumps and back to walking free of pain. Dr. Nichols assesses your overall foot health and provides in-depth consultations and state-of-the-art diagnostic testing and treatments. Schedule your consultation online or call one of the offices today to learn more.

Warts Q & A

What are warts?

Warts are small growths that can show up anywhere on your body. Plantar warts typically appear on the heels or the areas of your feet that bear the most weight. Excess pressure can cause these warts to grow inward underneath a thick layer of skin called a callus.

Signs and symptoms of plantar warts include hard callused skin, small clotted blood vessels that can develop around the area, and pain and tenderness when walking.

What causes plantar warts?

Plantar warts are caused by human papillomavirus (HPV), which enters the body through tiny cuts in the skin on the bottom of your feet.

Most plantar warts aren’t really a cause for concern and can go away without medical intervention, but some might require treatment.

It’s important to visit Dr. Nichols if you have a lesion that’s bleeding and painful, or if you notice changes in the appearance or color of the wart.

More than 100 kinds of HPV exist, but only a few of them cause warts on the feet. Since everyone is different, your immune system can react differently to HPV. Some people might develop warts on the feet, whereas others won’t.

The HPV strains that lead to plantar warts thrive in warm and damp environments such as swimming pools or locker rooms.

Plantar warts are more common in children and adolescents and people with weakened immune systems.

If you’ve had plantar warts before, your chances are higher for developing them again. When plantar warts cause pain, you might change your normal posture or gait, maybe without even noticing you’re doing it. Over time, this can change how you walk, stand, or run, and lead to joint or muscle discomfort and additional complications.

How are plantar warts treated?

Dr. Nichols offers a number of treatments for plantar warts, including:

  • Immune Therapy
  • Laser treatment
  • Minimally invasive minor surgery
  • Cryotherapy to freeze and remove the wart
  • Topical prescription medicines such as salicylic acid to remove layers of the wart over time

There are ways to reduce your risk of developing plantar warts, including avoiding walking barefoot around locker rooms and swimming pools, keeping your feet dry and clean, and changing your socks daily.


Say hello to Swift


The pioneering new microwave therapy device for skin. Plantar warts have long been a frustrating condition for both the patient and the clinician. Finally, there is an answer and I am extremely pleased to announce that I am one of the first physicians in the United States to offer this innovative technology.

Swift is a new technology, developed in the United Kingdom, which has been licensed for the general treatment of skin lesions in Podiatry and Dermatology. Swift uses microwave energy which is delivered through a special probe applied to the skin to treat affected tissue.

Unlike historically ineffective destructive methods (cryotherapy, salicylic acid, surgical excision, etc.), Swift targets the cause of the wart, the HPV Virus. Microwave energy is introduced into the skin, heating cells to between 43 and 36 degrees Celsius. This heat initiates an immune cascade which allows the body to detect and attack the HPV virus, ridding the body of this painful condition.

Treatment protocol includes an average of 3-4 visits with each treatment lasting only 5-10 minutes. There is no need for local anesthetic, site preparation is minimal and there is no need for post-procedural dressings. Patients are back on their feet immediately following the procedure and can continue with daily life. Visits are spaced 4 weeks apart to coincide with the body’s immune cycle, with follow-up scheduled for 12 weeks following the final treatment. Complete resolution in aligned with the strength of the patient’s immune response with younger patients seeing typically faster resolution and elderly patients with more recalcitrant warts sometimes requiring additional treatment.



Below is a quick summary of the outcomes Swift has delivered to the nearly 40,000 patients that have been treated in the United Kingdom:

  • 98% of patients continue daily tasks as normal following the Swift Treatment
  • 70% of patients rated the treatment 10/10
  • 95% of patients would recommend Swift Treatment to a friend

Whether it’s a functional or cosmetic concern, plantar warts can be successfully treated with the right podiatric care. Call or book an appointment online today to meet with Dr. Nichols.

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