Warts are a common condition that causes small, unusual growths to develop on your feet. If you notice signs of warts, book an appointment at South Florida Foot & Ankle Centers in Royal Palm Beach, Lake Worth, Palm Beach Gardens, and Belle Glade, Florida. The team specializes in conservative care and works with you to determine the right treatment for your condition. To speak with a podiatrist about treating your warts, schedule your visit by phone or online today.
A wart is a type of noncancerous skin growth that can develop on your hands and feet.
Warts look like small, rough skin patches, sometimes accompanied by small black dots (clotted blood vessels). Although most warts aren’t a serious health concern, they are unsightly and can take up to two years to go away on their own.
Warts that develop on weight-bearing areas of your feet are called plantar warts. Unlike common warts, plantar warts experience a lot of pressure which can create a callus and force your warts to grow inward. Plantar warts can cause pain and tenderness and make it difficult to walk or stand.
Warts are a type of infection caused by one of the many strains of HPV. The virus can enter the outer layers of your skin through a small cut or break. Warts thrive in warm, humid environments and rarely spread through person-to-person contact.
Many people contract warts from walking barefoot in gyms, swimming pools, and locker rooms. Although warts can affect anyone, children and teenagers are more exposed to these environments, increasing their risk.
People with weakened immune systems are also at an increased risk of developing warts.
Seeking treatment can save you from waiting months or even years for your warts to clear up on their own. You should seek medical attention if your warts begin to bleed or cause you pain or if your condition interferes with your daily activities.
Your doctor begins your appointment by examining your wart and checking for concerning signs like clotted blood vessels. In some cases, your doctor may take a sample to ensure another condition doesn’t cause your lesion.
The specialists at South Florida Foot & Ankle Centers offer cryotherapy to freeze off your warts as well as a minor surgical procedure to remove and destroy your warts. Your podiatrist will work with you to determine the right treatment for your condition.
To speak with an experienced podiatrist about your warts, call South Florida Foot & Ankle Centers or book your appointment online today.