There’s nothing comforting about finding an abnormal growth on your feet and sometimes it’s hard to tell what it is. Warts, sometimes mistaken for calluses or corns, are viral infections that enter the skin through small cuts or abrasions. They are often found on the bottoms of the feet, which are referred to as plantar warts, but can appear anywhere. They appear rough, scaly, and can grow up to an inch in circumference if untreated, either as single warts or in clusters. Since they are caused by a virus, warts can quickly spread through scratching or touching to other areas.
Plantar warts are often flat and darker in color than the fleshy bumps that appear on the top of the foot and can cause pain when pressure is applied. Since the skin is rough and thickened, warts can be resistant to treatment and often re-occur.
Despite many over-the-counter treatments that exist, if you notice a wart on your foot, it is best to see a foot care specialist for accurate and safe treatment. A podiatrist can safely remove the warts in several ways depending on their size and location:
- Medication – Topical acids may be used to break down the warts. These treatments are usually repeated over several weeks.
- Freezing – During this treatment, the warts are frozen with liquid nitrogen for removal.
- Laser – Once a local anesthetic is applied, a laser is used to remove the wart.
- Surgical excision – Warts can also be surgically removed with a curette.
To determine which form of wart removal best suits your condition, it is important to consult with an experienced podiatrist like Dr. Russell Samofal at Podiatry Center of New Jersey. A board-certified podiatrist who specializes in reconstructive foot and ankle surgery, Dr. Samofal is well versed in all types of podiatric issues such as plantar fasciitis, bunions, skin conditions, arthritis, diabetic foot problems, and fungal nails. Our office is conveniently located in Wayne, NJ to serve Morris, Passaic, Bergen and Essex counties. Please call our office at (973) 925-4111 to schedule an appointment!