Warts

Illinois Foot & Ankle Clinic

Alex Yanovskiy, DPM

Board Certified Podiatrist, Foot & Ankle Surgeon located in Des Plaines, IL

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 Alex Yanovskiy, DPM, of Illinois Foot & Ankle Clinic in Des Plaines, Illinois, before your warts spread. Book your foot wart evaluation online, or call the office directly.

Warts

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 high if you walk around barefoot in a gym locker room or near a pool deck.

  

How can I tell if I have foot 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.

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 Illinois Foot & Ankle Clinic to get started on treatment.

 

Do I need to see a podiatrist for wart treatment?

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, Dr. Yanovskiy recommends scheduling an evaluation and starting medical treatment as soon as you notice signs of foot warts. Your plantar wart treatment at Illinois Foot & Ankle Clinic can include:

  • Prescription-strength salicylic acid solutions
  • Cryotherapy freezing sessions
  • Pulsed-dye laser treatments

If you continue struggling with foot warts, Dr. Yanovskiy might recommend immune-boosting therapy medications to stimulate your immune system to strengthen your ability to fight off wart-causing invaders.

Schedule your plantar warts examination at Illinois Foot & Ankle Clinic today. Click on the online schedule, or call the clinic.