What’s the Best Treatment for Warts on the Foot and Toes?
What are Warts?
Warts are small growths on the skin that are caused by the human papillomavirus (HPV). People often get warts on their hands, feet, or toes, and they can sometimes last for quite a while.
There are different types of warts, including common warts and plantar warts. Some warts can be painful and can cause embarrassment when they are in conspicuous areas of the body.
Warts are more common in children and young adults, and people with weakened immune systems. Since there are different types of warts, they can occur randomly on different parts of the body. Some warts are harmless and will eventually go away on their own. However, others may be more stubborn or reoccurring and will need to be treated by a specialist.
What are Plantar Warts that Show Up on the Feet and Toes?
Plantar warts are growths that occur on the soles of the feet or toes. They are caused by a virus (HPV) and can be quite painful. A plantar wart on the foot is more common in children than adults.
If you have a plantar wart, you may notice a small, hard growth on the bottom of your feet or toes. The growth may have a black dot in the center, which is actually a clotted blood vessel. Plantar warts can also grow in clusters and spread.
If you have plantar warts, you may notice a change in the way you walk. Warts can also make it difficult to wear certain shoes. While treatment for plantar warts is not always necessary, as warts will eventually go away on their own. That however can take a very long time and if the warts are painful or spreading, our doctors may recommend treatment.
Plantar warts are hard to get rid of for a few reasons. First, they are caused by a virus, and viruses are notoriously difficult to get rid of. Second, plantar warts are often located in areas that are difficult to reach or treat. Finally, plantar warts can often recur after they have been treated.
What are Some Common Ways to Treat Warts?
There are many over-the-counter treatments for warts, but not very many of them are effective. Some people choose to try home remedies for warts for one reason or another, but there is no scientific evidence to support the effectiveness of these treatments.
If you have warts, you should come and see one of our doctors. Especially if the warts are painful, spreading, or if you are concerned about their appearance. Our doctors can prescribe stronger plantar wart treatment that is more likely to be effective.
Some treatments for warts include:
- Cryotherapy: This involves freezing the wart with liquid nitrogen.
- Topical treatments: These ointments are applied to the skin and include creams, gels, and solutions.
- Surgical removal: This process is invasive and is usually only performed for large or painful warts.
- Swift therapy: Swift therapy is a new, minimally invasive technique that can help treat warts and even prevent them from spreading or coming back.