If you or your child experiences discomfort or pain from a wart, the Performance Foot & Ankle Specialists, LLC team can help. Podiatric medicine and surgery experts Joel Segalman, DPM, FACFAS, FACFAO, and Stephen Lazaroff, DPM, FACFAS, offer evaluations of warts. They use advanced wart removal treatments, including cryotherapy, to relieve pain and protect skin health. To learn more about warts and to schedule a visit, call either office in Newtown or Waterbury, Connecticut, or use the online booking system to request an appointment today.
Warts are noncancerous skin growths resulting from human papillomavirus (HPV) exposure. While they occur in adults, warts are especially common in children and are contagious.
Generally, warts aren’t painful, but they may become bothersome if they grow on some regions of the body, especially on the feet, knees, or areas where friction is common.
The symptoms of warts depend on the type of warts. Common warts tend to grow on the back of the hands and around the nails. They appear gray or brown and may feel rough to the touch.
Other types of warts include:
Foot warts develop on the soles of the feet and may have black spots at their center, which are clotted vessels that supply blood to the wart. This type of wart can be a single growth or develop in a cluster.
Flat warts are small, smooth growths that develop in clusters of 100 or more, usually on the face.
Filiform warts are long, narrow growths that typically develop on the face, neck, and eyelids.
Genital warts are soft growths that develop on the genitals, often due to sexual contact with an infected person.
Performance Foot & Ankle Specialists, LLC's team can often diagnose warts during a physical exam of the growth and a review of your medical history. Wart treatment is highly effective and takes place in the office.
Not all warts need treatment. Some warts go away on their own without medical intervention. However, if you or your child has bothersome or painful warts, the Performance Foot & Ankle Specialists, LLC team offers several in-office wart treatments.
An application of salicylic acid can soften the wart to make it easier to remove during a minor in-office procedure.
If you have recurrent warts that are difficult to treat, your Performance Foot & Ankle Specialists, LLC provider may recommend cryotherapy. This treatment uses freezing technology to destroy warts for good.
If you need an evaluation for unusual skin growths or have painful warts that need treatment, call either office or request an appointment online today.