Phoenician Foot & Ankle Specialists
Podiatrists located in Scottsdale, AZ
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 podiatrists Nima Sana, DPM, and Matine Mirsaidi, DPM of Phoenician Foot & Ankle Specialists in Scottsdale, Arizona, can help. Dr. Sana and Dr. Mirsaidi use 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.
What kind of warts might I get on my feet?
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.
How would I get warts on my feet?
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.
How do I avoid warts?
The best way to avoid getting warts on your feet is to observe good hygiene practices. Steps you can take include:
- Cover your feet in changing rooms
- Avoid touching warts on yourself or someone else
- Wash and dry your feet properly each day
- Change your socks and shoes every day
Since children are prone to getting plantar warts, you should check your child’s feet regularly for any signs of infection.
How are warts treated?
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.