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Plantar Warts

Warts are common skin growths that can appear anywhere on the body. Warts on the soles of the feet are called plantar warts. These warts are not a serious health problem. They will eventually go away without treatment. But plantar warts can be painful when you stand or walk. If this is the case, special cushions available at drugstores can help relieve pressure and pain. Or, the wart can be removed.

General Care:

  • Your healthcare provider may remove the plantar wart:

    • With prescription medications. These may be placed directly on the wart at each office visit. Or you may be sent home with the medication.

    • With a blade or by freezing (cryotherapy), burning (electrocautery), or laser treatment.

  • You may be instructed to treat the wart yourself at home using an over-the-counter wart-removal medication (such as 40 percent salicylic acid). Apply the medication to the wart every day as directed. Avoid the healthy skin around the wart. In between applications, remove the dead wart tissue using a file or safety blade. You will likely need to repeat this process for several weeks to remove all of the wart.

  • Warts can spread from your foot to other parts of your body and to other people. Wash your hands well after touching your warts.

  • Warts often come back, even after successful treatment. Return promptly for treatment of any new warts.

Follow Up

as advised by the doctor or our staff.

Get Prompt Medical Attention

if any of the following occurs:

  • Signs of infection (red streaks, pus, smelly or colored discharge, or fever).

  • Heavy bleeding or bleeding that won’t stop with light pressure.

  • The wart doesn’t go away with self-care.

 

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