Plantar warts appear on the bottom of the foot or toes. They tend to be flat and hard, and can be quite painful. Plantar warts are often mistaken for corns or calluses, however, warts are caused by a virus (HPV). If you look closely at a wart, you may see pinpoint black dots.
Warts are often contracted in warm, moist environments, such as pools and locker rooms. In some instances, they spontaneously go away, and sometimes it can take years. Warts can also spontaneously come back. If left untreated, they can spread or form clusters. It is best to treat them as soon as you spot them.
Wart Treatment Options
InStep offers a variety of treatment options for plantar wart(s) removal. We will recommend a treatment option best for you depending on the size, amount, and placement of warts, your pain tolerance, and your schedule. Here are the treatment options available at InStep Foot Clinic.
1. At-Home Acid Application
Good efficacy, Painless
Patient applies mild prescription medication twice daily at home.
Skin is debrided once every 2-3 weeks in office until wart has been resolved.
2. In-Office Acid Application
Excellent efficacy, no patient home care required
Skin is debrided around wart and varying strengths of acid is applied in-clinic.
Can be uncomfortable depending on strength of acid applied.
Weekly or bi-weekly applications in clinic until wart is completely removed.
No home care required.
Good efficacy, no patient home care required
Involves local anesthetic, and "needling" the affected area with a syringe in the clinic. Body naturally builds and resists immunity to wart virus.
1-2 Follow-up visits.
No home care required.
If successful, will prevent future recurrence.
4. Curretage (Surgery)
Fair to good efficacy, no patient home care required
Soft tissue surgical procedure involves local anesthetic, and scooping out of the affected area in one visit.
1-2 follow-up visits or until completely healed.
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Did you know?
Warts are contagious. You can contract warts by going barefoot in public places such as pools, gyms, and can spread them at home.
Wart or Callus/Corn?
A wart is a virus and a callus is thickened skin. A wart usually has little black dots in the center whereas corns do not.
Freezing and OTC medication for warts
In our experience, warts need a more aggressive treatment than freezing or over-the-counter medications in order kills the virus. InStep Foot Clinic offers a variety of wart treatments that have very good results.