Warts are a common problem, especially in children's feet, but there are effective treatment methods available to eliminate them. If you or your child has warts on their feet, experienced podiatrist Nima Sana, DPM, of Phoenician Foot & Ankle Specialists in Scottsdale, Arizona, can help. Dr. Sana uses the latest techniques to kill the infection that causes warts and restore your feet to health. To benefit from his expertise, call or use the online booking form today.
Plantar warts are the type of warts most likely to affect your feet. This type of wart is also known as a verruca, and it’s common in children as well as adults.
A plantar wart is like a tiny callus with a black dot in its center. These warts typically affect the soles of your feet and your toes and often cause few or no symptoms. However, if your warts are in pressure-sensitive areas of your feet, they can be uncomfortable when standing or walking.
Although the discomfort warts cause is generally mild, it can still affect the way you walk. You might then start to develop joint and back pain, as well.
Warts on your feet are due to infection with particular strains of the human papillomavirus (HPV). There are many different strains of HPV, which can also cause warts on your hands and other parts of your body.
It’s very easy to pick up an HPV infection, and in many people, it causes no noticeable symptoms. It’s also possible for your immune system to destroy the virus before it has a chance to do much harm, so you might have it and never know.
The best way to avoid getting warts on your feet is to observe good hygiene practices. Steps you can take include:
Since children are prone to getting plantar warts, you should check your child’s feet regularly for any signs of infection.
The most effective way to treat warts is to use the wart removal preparations Dr. Sana recommends. These are liquids that you put over the wart to kill it.
Cryotherapy using liquid nitrogen is also a possibility for some patients.
Painful warts that don’t respond to treatment might need surgical removal. Dr. Sana performs this outpatient procedure under local anesthetic.
For expert help with warts, call Phoenician Foot & Ankle Specialists or book an appointment online today.