A plantar wart is a hard, grainy growth that usually appears on the bottom of your 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.
Types of Plantar Warts in Boynton Beach and Boca Raton
Because they are spread through viral infections, those with weakened immune systems (children and senior citizens) are more likely to develop plantar warts in Boynton Beach or Boca Raton. While most are visible, some plantar warts grow inwards due to too much pressure, which results in the formation of a callus. The two most common types of plantar warts include:
- Solitary wart: This is when a single wart increases in size and develops into additional “satellite” warts.
- Mosaic wart: In some cases, multiple warts cluster together in one area, which causes them to be the most difficult cases to treat.
With different types of plantar warts in Boynton Beach or Boca Raton, our podiatrists at Family Foot Center can provide you with the best care possible.
Symptoms of Plantar Warts in Boca Raton or Boynton Beach
While most cases of plantar warts can go away on their own with time, most people want faster relief. The goal of podiatric treatment for plantar warts is to completely remove the wart, not cover it up. 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 Boynton Beach or Boca Raton foot doctors can diagnose a plantar wart by completing a simple physical exam. Dr. Pinsky, Dr. Greissman or Dr. Aedo might remove a section of the lesion to send out for further testing and diagnosis.
Boynton Beach or Boca Raton Plantar Warts Treatment
If walking has become painful, or the warts are spreading, there are over-the-counter treatments available. However, these often require multiple treatments and might still remain ineffective. When self-care and home remedies fail, visit our podiatrists in Boca Raton, FL or Boynton Beach, FL. Our foot doctors in Boca Raton or Boynton Beach may recommend these conservative, non-invasive treatments:
- Prescription-strength wart medications
- Cryotherapy (freezing the wart off)
- Minor surgery to cut away the wart
- Laser treatment
Contact us at Family Foot Center in Boynton Beach, FL or Boca Raton, FL to learn more about plantar warts and the available treatment options.