A Step Up Podiatry, LLC
Ankle and Foot Surgeon located in Manalapan, NJ
Plantar warts, which grow on the soles of your feet, can be incredibly painful — but that doesn’t mean the treatment has to hurt, too. At A Step Up Podiatry, LLC in Manalapan Township, New Jersey, treatments are highly effective and virtually painless. Expert podiatrist Sanjay Gandhi, DPM, can help you tread with confidence again, so call the office, or use the online scheduler to set your appointment now.
Warts Q & A
What are plantar warts?
Plantar warts are small warts that appear on the soles (also known as the plantar aspect) of your feet. This type of wart often starts as a single wart and then grows larger and multiplies. When your plantar wart generates satellite warts, they can form clusters called mosaic plantar warts.
Plantar warts are bumpy, fleshy skin bumps. They’re often flatter than other types of warts. Plantar warts are usually grey or brown and may have little dark spots (broken capillaries) in the middle.
You can also develop warts on other parts of your feet and ankles, but plantar warts are by far the most common type of wart on the feet.
What causes warts on your feet and ankles?
Warts develop when a specific strain of human papillomavirus (HPV) enters your foot. Usually, this happens when you walk barefoot while having a tiny cut or scrape on your foot.
The HPV virus flourishes in damp, warm, areas like swimming pools, locker rooms, and saunas. That makes it easy to get this virus without being aware of it.
How are warts treated?
At A Step Up Podiatry, LLC, Dr. Gandhi performs a careful exam to verify that your skin lesions are actually warts. He may test a small sample of the skin to confirm a diagnosis, as well.
Topical salicylic acid
Generally, Dr. Gandhi uses conservative wart treatments like topical salicylic acid. The acid gradually peels the affected skin away and takes the HPV virus with it.
With immunotherapy, Dr. Gandhi injects or applies a topical substance that stimulates your immune system to fight the HPV virus and therefore warts.
Dr. Gandhi can perform a simple in-office procedure to remove warts. By removing the infected skin, you also eliminate the HPV virus and warts shouldn't return.
At A Step Up Podiatry, LLC, plantar wart treatments are virtually painless, and they give you excellent results. After treating your warts, Dr. Gandhi gives you wart prevention tips, such as always wearing shoes and not sharing socks, shoes, or towels with others.
A Step Up Podiatry, LLC has effective wart treatments waiting for you, so reach out online or by calling the office now.