A plantar wart is a common type of wart that grows on the sole of your foot. They can be annoying at first, and even painful if they grow. Today Dr. Joel Segalman, Dr. Stephen Lazaroff, and Dr. Brittany Ciaramello at Performance Foot & Ankle Specialists, LLC in New Haven County and Fairfield County share information regarding these painful – but common – warts.
Although most plantar warts will disappear on their own after some time, it’s possible to remove them either at home or with the help of a podiatrist.
Most plantar warts are harmless - more than anything, they can cause self-consciousness and embarrassment.
It’s typically relatively easy to identify a wart; symptoms can include the following:
Pain in the area when walking or standing.
Thick, hard skin – similar to a callus - over an area on your skin, which means a wart has grown inward.
Grainy, rough, or fleshy growth on the bottom of your foot, typically on the pads of your feet, or at the base of your toes.
Clotted blood vessels that resemble tiny black dots.
A lesion that interrupts the patterns of the skin on your foot.
Preventing plantar warts isn’t difficult – it just takes good hygiene and some common sense:
Avoid contact with others who have warts.
Always wear flip flops or shoes around locker rooms and swimming pools.
Avoid picking the wart and wash your hands if you touch it.
Keep your feet dry and change your socks daily.
Your immune system is amazing and most warts will go away on their own. However, if your wart is becoming troublesome, it may be time to see your podiatrist. After confirming that it’s a wart, your podiatrist may recommend freezing it off with liquid nitrogen.
If you have warts that are becoming bothersome, contact the offices of Dr. Joel Segalman, Dr. Stephen Lazaroff, and Dr. Brittany Ciaramello at Performance Foot & Ankle Specialists, LLC in New Haven County and Fairfield County today to schedule a consultation. You can reach our Waterbury office at (203) 755-0489 or our Newtown office at (203) 270-6724.