Plantar warts are one of the more notoriously pesky skin conditions that can occur on the feet. 

Although they are often relatively harmless, the rough bumps of plantar warts can be unsightly and distracting. If they appear in particularly sensitive spots on the feet, they can be painful as well.

On top of all that, plantar warts are extremely stubborn to get rid of; but we’re here to help you get rid of your warts and clear up your feet again.

What Are Plantar Warts?

Plantar warts come from certain strains of the human papillomavirus, or HPV. There are more than 100 strains of HPV we are currently aware of, but only a few of them will cause warts.

The virus tends to get into the skin through small cuts, sores, or any other weak points. The tiniest of openings can be enough. People are most likely to pick up the virus while walking barefoot through areas that are warm and damp: locker rooms, public showers, and gyms tend to be common areas of transmission.

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What Are the Symptoms of Plantar Warts

Plantar warts frequently take the shape of small, grainy growths along the bottom of the foot. They can be just about anywhere but tend to appear most often around the base of the toes, the forefoot, and the heel.

If you take a closer look at these lesions, you might see that they interrupt the natural lines that run along your foot. You might see tiny dark specks in the bumps as well. Folklore sometimes refers to these as “seeds,” but they are actually tiny blood vessels. Do not pick at them!

Sometimes, hard, thick calluses will grow over areas of warts. These are signs that the wart might have grown inward.

Treating Plantar Warts

If left alone, plantar warts will eventually go away on their own. The bad news is that this may take a year, 2 years, or even longer! And in the meantime, the warts may continue to spread along your feet and even to other people.

Taking charge and getting rid of your warts sooner tends to be a better option. Some folks turn to home remedies, but they do not have much research backing their effectiveness. 

You could try a home remedy as long as it doesn’t tell you to harm your skin or cause you pain, but the chances of seeing results are not high – and you’d be wasting time you could have spent with something that’s known to work instead.

When you want an assured way to get rid of plantar warts, turn to us at InStride Crystal Coast Podiatry. The earlier you come to us for treatment, the more of an advantage we’ll have over the infection.

Treatments for plantar warts may involve the use of topical medications to peel the layers of the warts away a little at a time. In other cases, we might recommend freezing them. The most stubborn cases might require surgical excision.

The circumstances around each case of plantar warts can be different. We can discuss your full range of treatment options and answer any questions you might have.

Wipe Out Your Plantar Warts

If you or a loved one has plantar warts and wants to get rid of them sooner than later, schedule an appointment at our New Bern office by calling (252) 638-4700 or by filling out our online contact form