Plantar warts are skin lesions that resemble a bump or series of bumps. They are caused by a virus entering the skin and inducing a change in the structure of the layers of the skin. People who are at risk for warts include children, athletes, swimmers and people who have increased moisture on their feet. Warts can feel like you are walking on a lump. They can also be painful if you bump or rub them.
Plantar warts are notoriously difficult to treat at home and an early visit to a foot specialist can cut down the length of treatment dramatically, often without any scarring or painful freezing or burning. At Kipferl Foot & Ankle, our treatment focuses on eliminating plantar warts with minimal pain and minimal disruption. Most warts are responsive to in-office treatment. In some cases, a minor laser procedure may be required to obtain complete resolution.
One of the most important considerations in treating warts is minimizing pain and discomfort. At Kipferl Foot & Ankle, we always take into consideration the location and duration of the warts. Our specialists work to ensure that a wart is not replaced with a painful scar that can sometimes be more bothersome than the wart ever was. For this reason, we always attempt conservative treatment prior to any invasive procedure. Our goal is to eliminate the wart quickly with minimal discomfort for the patient.