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