Warts, in general, are not perceived very kindly. Plantar warts, the ones that develop on the soles of your feet, are no exception. However, they are extremely common and our podiatrist, Dr. Stavros Alexopoulos, treats patients with plantar warts frequently.
How do warts form?
Plantar warts are small blister-looking bumps that are formed from a virus. They can start off small and can grow bigger and even multiply. Symptoms associated with warts on your feet include scorching sensations, increased sensitivity, and a subsequent infection that can cause worse problems down the road. Because they are compressed as you walk, warts can become substantially more uncomfortable as they increase in size and number.
What should you do?
Getting treatment for plantar warts should be a priority to prevent the uncontrolled spread of the virus. As is the case with other foot ailments, early treatments of warts mean a faster and more successful end to the discomfort they cause.
Treatment for this condition includes:
- Taking all recommended medications so that you can have the best chance of destroying your warts.
- Since your immune system is important in fighting the viral infection that causes warts, taking steps to strengthen it will have many positive benefits.
- Using nitrogen to freeze your plantar warts. This will allow them to be scraped off with minimal pain. This process helps to destroy warts on your feet.
- Similarly, any method that burns off the wart in a targeted manner can be very helpful. Such a method is the use of laser technology to specifically target any wart on your foot that may be causing you pain.
At Stavros O. Alexopoulos, DPM, our expert foot doctor Dr. Alexopoulos uses an optimal combination of treatment methods to eradicate your problematic plantar warts. Whether you need recommendations to treat them or prevent them, don’t delay! Contact us at (773) 561-8100 at our Chicago, IL office for an appointment today! Also, check out our Patient Education Library for even more information about your foot and ankle health!