Plantar Warts

Premier Podiatry: Velimir Petkov, DPM

Podiatrist located in Clifton, NJ

Plantar warts aren’t going to resolve on their own — you need proper treatment. If you have a history of plantar warts, or suspect you may have new warts, see how Velimir Petkov, DPM of Premier Podiatry can help. Dr. Petkov’s specialized Clifton, New Jersey-based team can treat your warts right in the office and help you prevent a future outbreak. Learn more about clinical plantar wart treatments by booking an appointment online, or by calling the office.

Plantar Warts Q & A

What causes plantar warts?

Plantar warts (foot warts) are a type of visible — and often painful — soft tissue condition. These unsightly foot warts develop when a virus enters your skin, often through a weak point, such as a cut. You can wind up with plantar warts due to walking around barefoot:

  • In a gym locker room
  • On a dirty surface
  • On a pool deck

Because plantar wart viruses thrive in warm, moist environments, it’s important to cover your feet or wear shower shoes any time you’re in a communal area.

What are the symptoms of plantar warts?

Plantar warts are harmless, although they can certainly be uncomfortable. Often mistaken for corns or calluses, foot warts cause thickened skin and bumps in the affected area. The way to tell you have warts is that they’re:

  • Raised, flat, and flesh-colored
  • Rough along the surface
  • Well-defined with boundaries

Sometimes, plantar warts are more gray or brown than fleshy. They often also have a black pinpoint center, which indicates that there’s a vessel inside — a clear sign of warts. These foot warts can even cause sharp or burning pain, especially if they develop on weight-bearing areas, like the balls or heels of your feet.

How are plantar warts treated?

Dr. Petkov generally advises men and women to come in for an evaluation, even if the warts seem mild or you’ve had them in the past and know how to treat them. The issue is that blood flow is so limited in your feet — think gravity and distance from your heart — that infections just take longer to heal. Get treated properly and effectively by coming in to Premier Podiatry for:

  • Chemical destruction of lesion
  • Cryotherapy
  • Minimally invasive excision of skin lesion
  • K-Laser

Dr. Petkov also spends time teaching you how to prevent future wart outbreaks. For instance, keeping your feet dry, washing between your toes daily, and putting on clean socks each day can all decrease your risk of another foot wart outbreak.

Get started on plantar wart treatment right away at Premier Podiatry. You can conveniently book an appointment online, or call the clinic directly.