Warts and Plantar Warts

What Are Warts

Warts are non-cancerous skin eruptions that occur when the human papillomavirus (HPV) enters the body through a microscopic cut in your skin. Your body responds by attempting to isolate the area with a protective callus. These small skin growths with a rough texture (often appearing like a small cauliflower) are called warts. 

Plantar warts (or verrucas) develop on the bottom of the foot and are often very painful due to the pressure of your body weight when walking, standing and wearing shoes. The pain from plantar warts tends to increase toward nearly intolerable limits when left untreated for long periods of time. In many cases, miniature black dots appear within the wart. These dots are small blood vessels bringing nutrients and oxygen to the affected area.

How Do You Get Warts

The HPV that causes warts thrives in damp, warm conditions. People walk barefoot in locker rooms and public swimming pool areas are most likely to contract warts. Children and teens, plus people with weakened immune systems are often at greater risk, as well. You can develop a wart from direct contact with an infected person or indirect contact from a surface touched by that person. 

How Are Warts Treated

Warts will often go away on their own when your immune system fights off the virus. If you have a persistent wart, warts that spread, or pain associated with the warts, you should seek medical care from a podiatrist. Our doctors will evaluate the wart and your symptoms, and develop a treatment plan just for you. Salem Foot Care has treated thousands of warts successfully in patients of all ages in our office.  Treatment for warts and plantar warts is usually painless.

Warts are often mistaken for a corn or callous, so schedule an examination with Salem Foot care for a correct diagnosis and treatment plan. Call us at 336-667-2015 to schedule an appointment today.

Salem Foot Care

1505 River Street
Wilkesboro, NC 28697

Phone: 336-667-2015
Fax: 336-667-3247
Billing: 336-766-8985