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Plantar warts are small bumps that tend to grow on the bottoms of your feet, especially on your heels and other areas that bear most of your weight. They can also grow into your skin rather than on the outside. You might not require treatment for these warts, but it’s important to keep on eye on them for signs of infection or other complications.
If you have plantar warts, you might have the following signs:
The human papillomavirus (HPV) causes plantar warts. You can get this infection if the virus gets inside your body, such as through open cuts or wounds on your feet. The most common places that you can catch HPV include around pools and in locker rooms if you walk around barefoot.
These warts don’t always cause problems that require treatment, but you should see Dr. Kimmel if you have any bleeding or changes in appearance that occur. You should also seek treatment if you have plantar warts that cause discomfort, or if they spread or get worse. It’s also important to have these warts treated if you have diabetes or another condition that puts your feet at a higher risk of infections.
Dr. Kimmel might recommend trying nonprescription medications first to see if these clear up plantar warts. If they don’t go away, he might prescribe medicine containing salicylic acid that eliminates these warts in layers. Another possible option is cryotherapy, which involves freezing plantar warts off with liquid nitrogen.
Plantar warts sometimes disappear on their own in a year or two. If you have them treated, they usually go away in a shorter period. Keep in mind that treatment can still take several weeks before these warts disappear.
If you need plantar wart treatment, please book your appointment online with Buckeye Foot Care to set up a consultation with Dr. Kimmel in Cleveland, Willoughby, or Brook Park, Ohio.
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