Plantar warts grow in the wide band of fibrous tissue that runs across the bottom of your foot, the plantar fascia. These warts can cause considerable pain and discomfort whenever you put weight on the area. Plantar warts often hide under thick skin in the heel or ball of the foot. The only sign will be a bump in the skin and, of course, all the pain and discomfort whenever you try to walk.

Treatments for plantar warts include the following:

Sometimes plantar warts will subside on their own, but for more severe cases some of the common methods of removal include the following:

1)    Cryotherapy—Since plantar warts are often hidden under thick skin, they first need to be carefully exposed by your foot care professional by removing the skin. Liquid nitrogen can then be directly applied to freeze the wart so it crumbles and can be more easily removed.

2)    Acid peeling and abrading—High-strength acid peels will help to slowly remove layers of the wart and will weaken the wart so it can be sanded with a pumice stone or file.

3)    Vaccination—Warts are caused by the human papillomavirus, so vaccines can be used to kill the virus and the warts directly through your bloodstream.

If you think you may be experiencing pain from a hidden plantar wart, make an appointment with your foot doctor for the proper diagnosis and treatment. Dr. Scott Nelson of Foot and Ankle Medical Clinic in Garland, TX is a board-certified and highly experienced podiatrist who has helped people suffering from all types of foot and ankle injuries and deformities. From bunions to diabetic foot problems, sports injuries and fungal nails, you can trust that Dr. Nelson and his staff are wholeheartedly devoted to your foot health. Please contact our office with any questions you may have or to schedule an appointment by calling 972-414-9800.

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