Plantar Warts Hide Under Your Skin

Plantar warts are very sneaky and cause severe pain on the bottom of your foot. Often you can’t even see them because they hide under a thick layer of skin. You usually only get one wart at a time, and the location is often in the heel or ball of the foot. It’s important to seek the help of your dermatologist to remove these warts without causing additional problems.

Plantar warts, like all warts, are caused by the human papillomavirus which is a very prevalent virus in the environment. Keeping your feet clean and protected in public areas like showers and locker rooms will help limit your exposure to the virus that causes warts.

How to detect and treat plantar warts:

  • A plantar wart will feel like a little bump under your skin and can be extremely painful when you put weight on your foot. The actual wart will have a grainy appearance, showing clotted capillaries that will be exposed during treatment.
  • Cryotherapy can be used to freeze warts and make them easier to remove, but you should let your foot doctor expose the wart to avoid mistakes.

Warts can be spread through contact with the virus and they tend to affect children and the elderly more than healthy adults.

It is always a good idea to seek the expertise of your skin care professional in trying to remove any embedded warts that can be difficult to treat without causing unnecessary bleeding and pain. Dr. Juan Vaillant of Old Bridge Dermatology has been treating patients for hair, skin, and nail problems for over 30 years, and has the extensive background needed to help address a variety of dermatological issues. Dr. Vaillant has successfully treated acne, eczema, dandruff, hair loss, psoriasis, and nail fungus, among many other conditions. If you are looking for an amiable, highly skilled dermatologist, call our office in Old Bridge, NJ at (732) 679-0222 and make an appointment.