About Foot Warts / Plantar WartsWarts on the bottom of your feet are embarrassing, can be painful, and can spread if not treated in time. Dr. Neil Zwiebel, expert podiatrist at Park East Podiatry in New York, New York, removes plantar warts without surgery or downtime. If you live or work in the New York City area and have noticed rough or painful patches on your feet, call the friendly Park East Podiatry team or book a consultation online.
Foot Warts / Plantar Warts
Frequently Asked Questions & Answers
What are plantar warts?
Plantar warts are benign growths on the plantar region (sole) of your foot. Warts are caused by the human papillomavirus (HPV) and are highly contagious. You can pass warts to other people and even transfer them to other parts of your body through touch.
What does a wart look like?
Most plantar warts are no larger than a pencil eraser. They may be flat or can grow outward or inward. Warts that grow outward may feel like pebbles in your shoes. Some plantar warts have a tiny black dot in the center, known as a seed. Clusters of plantar warts can cover large areas of your sole. Some warts resemble calluses. However, warts are painful when you pinch them, but calluses generally aren’t.
How’d I get plantar warts?
The HPV that causes warts thrives in warm and moist conditions. You can get plantar warts by walking barefoot in areas like swimming pools, saunas, showers, and gyms. You’re more likely to get a wart if you have a cut or sore on the sole of your foot.
How can I get rid of my warts?
Plantar warts usually resolve on their own over weeks to months. If they’re painful, cause you embarrassment, or don’t respond to over-the counter treatments, Dr. Zwiebel removes them through cryotherapy.
Immediately after cryotherapy treatment, your wart may turn a purplish-gray. Over the next couple of weeks, the wart dries up. Dr. Zwiebel scrapes off the residue at a follow-up appointment.
Cryotherapy is a fast, effective, noninvasive treatment that minimizes the risk for recurrent warts. You can return to your normal daily activities directly after treatment.
Stop warts before they spread. Contact Dr. Zwiebel at Park East Podiatry for fast, effective treatment of plantar warts by calling his friendly office staff or booking online.