Worman Foot & Ankle Associates
Podiatry located in Largo, FL
Foot warts, or plantar warts, are harmless, and yet, if left untreated, they can spread and cause pain. If you have a wart outbreak, get started on treatment with top-rated podiatrist Jeffrey Worman, DPM, at Worman Foot & Ankle Associates in Largo, Florida. Dr. Worman uses state-of-the-art technology and advanced treatments to resolve your wart outbreak quickly. Schedule your foot wart exam online or call the clinic directly.
Warts Q & A
What causes foot warts?
Foot warts develop when the human papillomavirus (HPV) breaks into your skin. This viral invader thrives in an environment that is warm and moist, like a communal shower or sauna. So if you walk barefoot in these types of areas, you can be exposed to HPV. You can even come into contact with wart-causing HPV while trying on a pair of shoes.
If you’re generally healthy, your immune system can fight off HPV, and you may not develop warts. But your risk of foot warts is higher if you:
- Have a weakened immune system
- Are pregnant or are going through menopause
- Are younger (warts are common among children and teens)
Your risk of developing a wart infection is also higher if you have weak spots — like cuts or wounds — in the sole of your foot. This makes an ideal area for HPV to enter.
Do I need treatment for foot warts?
Even though foot warts aren’t a serious medical concern, professional treatment is still important. After all, foot warts can continue to spread and even spread to other people. You should get started on foot wart treatment at Worman Foot & Ankle Associates if you notice any lesions with tiny black dots, which are signs of clotted vessels.
Additionally, with each step you take, you put pressure on warts. Over time, this causes them to grow inwards. Not only does this cause pain and burning with every step, but unsightly calluses also start to form over the warts. Before your warts get to this point and start impacting your daily life, get started on your personalized treatment plan at Worman Foot & Ankle Associates.
What is the best treatment for warts?
The best foot wart treatment for your specific needs depends on the severity of your wart outbreak. At Worman Foot & Ankle Associates, you can receive any of the following innovative wart treatments.
- Prescription-strength topical acids
- Freezing therapy (cryotherapy)
- Surgical removal (excision)
- Oral antiviral medications
- Laser treatments
Dr. Worman gets your current wart outbreak under control and then spends time counseling you on lifestyle changes you can make to prevent a future wart outbreak. For instance, keeping your feet clean and dry, wearing shower shoes in the gym locker room, and avoiding sharing socks and shoes with others can all lower your risk of developing warts again.
Book your wart evaluation at Worman Foot & Ankle Associates before living another day with discomfort. You can conveniently book your wart exam online or over the phone.