The team at Lower Westchester Foot & Ankle, led by leading podiatrist and surgeon Dr. Ari Rubinstein, utilizes a variety of surgical and non-surgical techniques to treat plantar warts. Located in White Plains, New York, the practice not only specializes in the removal of plantar warts but also educates patients on the practice of healthy foot hygiene that can help prevent occurrence in the first place. Warts should always be evaluated by a board-certified podiatrist, such as the top-rated experts at Lower Westchester Foot & Ankle. Call or book an appointment online today.
Wart(s) Q & A
What Causes Warts?
Common warts are small, grainy skin growths that most often occur most a person’s hands or fingers. They are rough to the touch and often feature a pattern of tiny black dots (sometimes called seeds) which are actually small, clotted blood vessels.
The common wart is caused by a virus and transmitted by touch. Children, young adults, and people with weakened immune systems are more likely to develop common warts. These usually disappear on their own, but people often choose to have them removed because they find them embarrassing or bothersome.
What About Plantar Warts?
Plantar warts are caused by the human papillomavirus (HPV) that enters the body through tiny breaks, cuts, or other weak spots on the bottom of a person’s feet. Unlike common warts, a plantar wart can often be quite painful and require medical treatment.
How Are Plantar and other Types of Warts Treated?
Most common and many plantar warts go away without treatment, though that can take up to 2-3 years. Dr. Rubinstein typically begins treatment during the initial visit. Patients are able to return to normal activities without limitations during the treatment process. When warts are spreading or painful and self-care methods have failed, the doctor may use one or more of the following methods:
- Strong peeling medicine (salicylic acid) – Prescription-strength wart medications with salicylic acid are used to remove layers of a wart a bit at a time. They can also stimulate the immune system’s ability to fight warts on its own.
- Freezing medicine (cryotherapy) – Done in a doctor’s office by applying liquid nitrogen to the wart. Freezing causes a blister to form around the wart which later sloughs off. Treatments are done every three to four weeks for a period of time.
- Biopsy – some lesions appear as warts but actually are not. We test and rule out larger concerns
If salicylic acid and freezing are ineffective, a doctor may recommend one or more of the following treatments:
- Other acids – Bichloroacetic acid or trichloroacetic acid are applied with a wooden toothpick, and side effects often include burning and stinging. Patients are often instructed to apply salicylic acid to the wart between visits.
- Antigen immune therapy
- Minor surgery to remove the wart
- Laser treatment
- HPV Vaccine
Want to learn more about how Dr. Rubinstein can eliminate your warts? Call the office or book online to find out!