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Plantar Warts

Not all calluses are regular calluses!!

Plantar warts are benign growths that occur on the soles of the feet. They are caused by a viral infection, specifically the human papillomavirus (HPV), which enters the body through small cuts, breaks or other weakened areas on the sole of the foot. They can be painful and can cause discomfort when walking or standing.Podiatrists have various methods of treating plantar warts, including:​

  • Topical medications such as salicylic acid, which help to soften and remove the wart over time

  • Cryotherapy, which involves freezing the wart with liquid nitrogen

  • Surgical removal of the wart, which may be done with a scalpel or a laser

  • Electrosurgery

  • Cantharidin

  • Imiquimod

The treatment plan will depend on the size, location, and number of warts, as well as the patient's overall health and medical history. Some treatments may be more effective than others depending on the severity of the case. The podiatrist will also recommend self-care measure to prevent the spread of the warts to other parts of the body or to other people.

It is important to seek treatment for plantar warts as they can be painful and can affect a person's ability to walk or stand. Also, if left untreated, plantar warts can grow and multiply, making them more difficult to treat. A podiatrist can provide an accurate diagnosis and develop an effective treatment plan to help resolve the problem.

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