Warts

Foot & Ankle Centers of Frisco & Plano

Podiatrists located in Frisco, TX & Little Elm, TX & McKinney, TX

Plantar warts can turn into painful infections that cause throbbing discomfort with each step you take. If you start noticing small growths developing on the weight-bearing areas of your feet, schedule an evaluation with the expert podiatry team at Foot & Ankle Centers of Frisco & Plano. With three locations in Frisco, Little Elm, and McKinney, Texas, they can help treat your warts before the spread. Book your foot wart evaluation online or call your nearest office.

Warts Q & A

What are plantar warts?

Plantar warts, also known as foot warts, are an infection caused by human papillomavirus (HPV). This viral invader enters through tiny cuts, weak spots, or wounds in your foot. 

Not everyone who comes into contact with HPV winds up with a wart outbreak. You have a higher chance of suffering from foot warts if:

  • You’re younger (warts are common in children and teens)
  • You have a weakened immune system due to chronic disease
  • You’ve experienced foot warts in the past

Because viral organisms that cause plantar warts love dark and moist environments, your chances of coming into contact with HPV are higher if you walk around barefoot in a gym locker room or near a pool deck.

How can I tell if I have plantar warts?

One of the telltale signs of plantar warts is the development of little growths that have black centers. These darkened pinpoints are clotted blood vessels, which are unique characteristics of plantar warts.

Although foot warts can develop anywhere along your soles, they most commonly form along the balls of your feet and between the bottoms of your toes. As you continue walking on them, eventually, warts start growing inward and thickened calluses start forming over them.

They often resemble calluses, but if you pinch the lesion and it causes pain, it’s likely that it’s a wart. Warts can also be mistaken for porokeratosis and inclusion cysts.

Plantar warts can even lead to foot numbness, tingling, or decreased sensation. Before your warts get any worse or cause severe pain, schedule an evaluation at Foot & Ankle Centers of Frisco & Plano to get started on treatment.

What are the treatments for warts?

Because warts stem from a viral infection, they can be stubborn to treat. Plus, if you don’t properly treat them, warts tend to come back again and again. 

For these reasons, the team at Foot & Ankle Centers of Frisco & Plano recommends scheduling an evaluation and starting medical treatment as soon as you notice signs of foot warts. Your plantar wart treatment at Foot & Ankle Centers of Frisco & Plano can include:

  • Liquid nitrogen to freeze the wart
  • Topical acid solutions
  • Pulsed dye laser treatments
  • Surgical excision of the wart

Although these methods don’t prevent future warts from recurring, surgical excision has a low rate of recurrence and a high success rate.

Schedule your plantar warts examination at Foot & Ankle Centers of Frisco & Plano today. Call the office or book an appointment online.