Warts are caused by a common virus called HPV (human papillomavirus) that is found in abundance in public areas like locker rooms, showers, pool areas, etc. A particularly painful type called a plantar wart grows on the bottom of the foot in the plantar fascia, which is the wide band of fibrous tissue that forms your arch.
These warts often grow hidden from view under thick, callused skin in the ball and heel area. The only visible sign is a small bump on the skin and pain and discomfort in the area when weight is applied to the foot.
Treatments for plantar warts will consist of one or more of the following:
- Skin softening foot soak and salicylic acid—The wart and the thick skin covering it can be softened by soaking the foot in warm, soapy water. An Acid solution is carefully applied to the wart to gradually remove it.
- Abrasion—Using a pumice stone or file to remove dead skin tissue will help expose a hidden plantar wart so that other therapies can be utilized.
- Liquid nitrogen—After the thick skin is removed, liquid nitrogen is carefully applied to the wart allowing your foot doctor to break it apart.
- Laser treatment—The warts are melted away with a high-energy laser.
If you have a painful hidden wart on the bottom of your foot, see your podiatrist for the proper care. Dr. Scott Nelson of Foot and Ankle Medical Clinic in Garland, TX (county of Dallas) 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.