Though they are usually nothing to worry about, a plantar wart, located on the bottom of the foot, can cause pain and discomfort. Luckily, treating plantar warts is safe and effective with help from your podiatrist. But how does the treatment work? Can plantar wart treatment help you and your feet? Find out more about plantar warts and how your podiatrist deals with them with Dr. Edward Tjoe at Tjoe Podiatry in Jersey City, NJ.
What is a plantar wart?
A plantar wart is usually located on the bottom of the foot. Thanks to their location, the body’s weight in the area of the wart causes it to grow inward, causing pain and discomfort. The virus which causes plantar warts enters the body through the skin and causes the skin cells to rapidly reproduce. Though they are usually not a concern, it is important to treat plantar warts since they cause uncomfortable symptoms.
Do I have a plantar wart?
If you have a plantar wart, you may not notice it visually at first due to its location. However, you may experience a feeling as though there is a rock in your shoe and a thickened callus over the painful area. The wart itself normally looks like a small, fleshy lesion, often at the base of the toes or heel, which has black dots within its borders.
Treating Plantar Warts in Jersey City, NJ
Though your plantar wart is probably harmless medically, treating it will help relieve the annoying symptoms that come along with it. Treatments often begin conservatively with over-the-counter wart removal medications. Your podiatrist can prescribe a prescription-strength medication you apply regularly to your wart. They may also suggest freezing the wart off using cryotherapy. If these methods fail, laser treatment or minor surgery to remove the wart may become necessary.
For more information on plantar warts and their treatments, please contact Dr. Tjoe at Tjoe Podiatry in Jersey City, NJ. Call (201) 984-0231 to schedule your appointment today!