Plantar warts are a painful type of skin growth that appears on the bottom of your foot and can make it difficult to do everyday activities like walking and standing. At the practice of Elizabeth Youngewirth, DPM PLLC, skilled podiatrists Dr. Youngewirth and Dr. Irina Blustein serve the communities of Inwood and Suffern, New York, and can help you get relief from your plantar warts. To learn more, call the office or use the online booking tool today.
Plantar warts are small pimple-like growths that appear on the bottom of your feet. They may appear individually or in clusters. Plantar warts are painful to the touch and can get in the way of walking, running, or even standing.
A sure sign that you have plantar warts is the appearance of one or several warts on your foot which have tiny black dots. Dr. Youngewirth and Dr. Blustein diagnose plantar warts through a detailed, visual examination of the affected area.
Plantar warts are caused by a virus. You could have caught the virus from a cut or lesion on your foot, or from walking barefoot in a locker room or swimming pool.
While plantar warts can appear on anyone, they’re seen mostly in young children, teenagers, and older adults.
Some plantar warts will go away on their own, but others can get infected and become more painful if left untreated. If you notice that a wart has remained on your foot for more than a couple of days, book an appointment with Dr. Youngewirth or Dr. Blustein immediately. During your appointment, your doctor examines your foot and removes the warts, often on the same day.
Dr. Youngewirth and Dr. Blustein use a variety of treatments to treat plantar warts, which they discuss with you during your appointment.
Treatments may include:
Most removal treatments happen on the same day as your appointment, and your doctor sends you home with after-care products to make sure your foot heals well.
To prevent occurrence or recurrence of plantar warts, Dr. Youngewirth and Dr. Blustein recommend wearing flip-flops or shoes when outside and in locker rooms. During your appointment, your doctor also gives you wart prevention advice specific to your lifestyle.
If pain and discomfort from plantar warts are interfering with your daily activities, don’t delay treatment. Call or use the online booking tool to make an appointment with Dr. Youngewirth or Dr. Blustein today.