Warts Specialist

Artisan Foot and Ankle Specialists -  - Podiatrist

Artisan Foot and Ankle Specialists

Podiatrists & Foot and Ankle Specialists located in Mission Viejo, CA & Laguna Hills, CA

You may overlook warts on the bottom of your foot, but eventually, they may cause pain every time you take a step. Without treatment, your pain may get severe enough to stop you from staying active. The podiatrists at Artisan Foot and Ankle Specialists safely and effectively eliminate painful warts using several in-office treatments. To learn about your treatment options, call the office in Mission Viejo or Laguna Hills, California, or schedule an appointment online today.

Warts Q & A

What causes warts?

Warts are small growths caused by the human papillomavirus (HPV). HPV thrives in moist environments and spreads by direct contact. 

Most people pick up the virus by walking barefoot in locker rooms and community pools. However, you only get a wart when the virus gets through a cut or sore in your skin.

The warts that grow on the bottom of your feet, called plantar warts, may appear in a cluster or as a single wart. Plantar warts typically have a rough, hard surface and often look more like a thickened area of skin rather than a distinct wart.

When plantar warts go untreated, they can get as wide as an inch or more. They also tend to grow deep into your foot.

What symptoms develop if I have warts? 

Warts seldom cause symptoms, but plantar warts differ from other warts. These warts develop on pressure points like the ball of your foot and heel. 

Plantar warts also grow to a large size and go deep under your skin. As a result, you can experience mild to severe pain every time you take a step and put pressure on the wart.

When should I see a podiatrist for warts?

Plantar warts often go away on their own, but that can take more time than most people want to wait, especially if their warts cause pain. You should also seek professional care at Artisan Foot and Ankle Specialists if you have diabetes or a blood vessel condition that restricts blood flow.

Warts also need medical attention if they bleed, change color or appearance, or cause enough pain to interfere with walking. 

You should schedule an appointment when you can’t identify the lesion. Serious conditions like skin cancer can often resemble a plantar wart.

How are warts treated?

Artisan Foot and Ankle Specialists perform several in-office procedures to quickly eliminate your warts. After examining your foot, they talk with you about the best approach for you. They may recommend:

  • Trimming or shaving the wart
  • Applying topical medications
  • Freezing the wart (cryotherapy)
  • Using medicines that stimulate your immune system

Some treatments only remove the top part of the wart. Though this prevents scarring, you need a series of treatments to get rid of the entire wart.

If you need to eliminate warts, call Artisan Foot and Ankle Specialists or book an appointment online today.