Warts are quite common. Most people develop one at some point or another
in their lifetime. This doesn’t mean there isn’t anything
that can be done about them, though. On the contrary, there are measures
you can take to reduce your risk, and plantar wart treatment options are
available if you do experience the problem.
As we discuss treatment options for
plantar warts, it is important to start with a couple of practices to avoid. This includes
both using home kits and trying to cut out a wart on your own. The problem
with the kits available for purchase over the counter at nationwide pharmacies
and grocery stores is that they often use salicylic acid to burn away
the viral growths. Salicylic acid, though, can also damage the healthy
skin surrounding the wart.
Using “home surgery” to cut out a wart is also a bad idea.
In part, attempting this doesn’t actually address the root cause
– the virus responsible for the unsightly growth. More importantly,
though, you should never try to cut off warts (or corns or calluses, etc.)
because it puts you at unnecessary risk for potentially serious infections
and tissue damage. Instead, always leave the surgery to our trusted medical
professionals here at Houston Foot Specialists.
When you come in to see us for plantar wart treatment, we will assess your
particular condition. In many (but not all) cases, the wart will be at
least partially covered or have grown underneath a thickened layer of
skin (callus). This is because plantar warts typically grow on the underside
of the foot, an area subjected to tremendous pressure.
We may elect to use prescription-strength medication, cryotherapy (freezing
therapy), or minor surgery (done in a sterile environment and by a trained
medical professional!) to remove your wart. In the event we do recommend
the use of salicylic acid, we will help you understand how to do so in
a safe, effective manner.
If you, or any of your family members need plantar wart treatment, keep
in mind it is one of the
skin and nail care services we offer here at our Houston, TX podiatrist office, for both
adults and children. In fact, this is one of the more common
child foot problems, and you can rest assured that we always provide gentle, effective care
for your young ones. Call Houston Foot Specialists at (713) 467-8886 or
contact us online for more information or to request an appointment.