Planting Our Foot On Plantar Wart Treatment

April is National Foot Health Month, and as dermatologists, one of the most common foot issues we encounter is plantar warts. Many people look at plantar warts as something that will just fade over time or “take care of themselves,” but these unsightly, often painful issues need a professional touch. Warts are never something to be ashamed to check in with a dermatologist about either. As they are quite contagious, they should be curbed as soon as possible. That’s why this month we put together some comprehensive, helpful info on plantar warts.

What are plantar warts?

Warts are caused by the human papillomavirus virus (HPV), which can be easily transmitted through skin-to-skin contact or even through clothes. Plantar warts are warts that pop up on either the ball or heel of your foot. They can be pretty painful since that’s where you apply the most amounts of pressure. The wart itself can appear like a rough, grainy bump with a black spot in the center caused by clotted blood vessels. They feel like a small bump under your skin and can grow singly or in clusters.

How are plantar warts caused?

Plantar warts often manifest when a cracked foot is exposed to bacteria. For instance, if you go barefoot at a public pool or in the gym shower.

What are the treatment options?

Here at Old Bridge Dermatology, we can help get rid of your plantar warts. Here are a few common treatment options:

  • Freezing the wart with liquid nitrogen (called cryotherapy)
  • Laser wart removal
  • Powerful prescription medications
  • Surgery

Over-the-counter treatments are often ineffective and cause warts to reoccur, so it’s important to check in with a professional dermatologist for treatment.

If you’re dealing with a plantar wart or any other skin issues, give us a call today! Our board-certified dermatologist, Dr. Juan Vaillant, here at Old Bridge Dermatology, is here to discuss your treatment options and get you on the right path to healthy skin and hair. His more-than-30 years of professional dermatological treatment of nail, hair, and skin issues give him the background and experience necessary to treat anything that comes his way. Contact our conveniently located office in Old Bridge, NJ office at (732) 679-0222 for an appointment today!