Plantar warts grow on the sole of the foot and protrude out of the skin. They are usually benign but can become sore if not treated appropriately. It’s also important to know that they are triggered by the virus known as HPV, through cuts or breaks in the skin of your feet. They can become problematic if the lesion starts to bleed, becomes uncomfortable or if there are changes in appearance or color. If a wart starts to interfere with routine activities because of pain and pressure, it’s time to seek treatment.
Methods of treatment include:
- The use of salicylic acid can peel away layers of the wart and prevent it from developing further. This method is successful because it helps to illicit an immune response to fight off warts. This can be used at home and at the doctor’s office. This routine will put the pressure on your warts and help to eradicate them.
- Another method of treatment is the use of cryotherapy. Liquid nitrogen is used to freeze the wart. A medical professional will likely spray this substance onto the skin of the feet. Since this method is more invasive, a numbing agent may be utilized prior to the treatment. Cryotherapy also stimulates your immune system to fight this virus and similarly will require multiple visits to be effective.
- If you’re wondering which one is better, a combination of both may be best for those with a severe occurrence of plantar warts. Your doctor will determine if a combination or a single type of treatment will be best for your particular feet.
At the Foot and Ankle Centers of North Houston, located in Northwest Houston (281) 444-4114, Northeast Houston (281) 446-7773, Tomball (281) 351-8866, Liberty Dayton (936) 336-2633, The Woodlands (936) 231-8500 and Atascocita (281) 883-4849, TX, our team can bring the pain to your plantar warts and fight them in the same manner in which they attack your feet. So, make an appointment with our offices at any of the numbers provided above.