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How Plantar Warts Are Treated

Plantar warts are caused by the human papillomavirus, or HPV, infecting the skin on the bottom of the feet. These highly contagious warts can be both uncomfortable and persistent. Treatment options vary and may include remedies like salicylic acid, which gradually peels away the wart. A podiatrist, or foot doctor, may suggest more advanced solutions for warts that are more resistant to treatment. Some possible treatments include cryotherapy, which uses liquid nitrogen to freeze and kill the wart tissue, or laser treatment, which destroys the wart with focused light energy. In some cases, minor surgical removal may be necessary, especially for deeper or more stubborn warts. Podiatrists can also provide guidance on preventing the spread of the virus and managing discomfort during the treatment process. If you are struggling with plantar warts, it is suggested that you make an appointment with a podiatrist to discuss treatment options.

Plantar warts can be very uncomfortable. If you need your feet checked, contact one of our podiatrists from New York, NY. Our doctors will assist you with all of your foot and ankle needs.

About Plantar Warts

Plantar warts are the result of HPV, or human papillomavirus, getting into open wounds on the feet. They are mostly found on the heels or balls of the feet.

While plantar warts are generally harmless, those experiencing excessive pain or those suffering from diabetes or a compromised immune system require immediate medical care. Plantar warts are easily diagnosed, usually through scraping off a bit of rough skin or by getting a biopsy.


  • Lesions on the bottom of your feet, usually rough and grainy
  • Hard or thick callused spots
  • Wart seeds, which are small clotted blood vessels that look like little black spots
  • Pain, discomfort, or tenderness of your feet when walking or standing


  • Freezing
  • Electric tool removal
  • Laser Treatment
  • Topical Creams (prescription only)
  • Over-the-counter medications

To help prevent developing plantar warts, avoid walking barefoot over abrasive surfaces that can cause cuts or wounds for HPV to get into. Avoiding direct contact with other warts, as well as not picking or rubbing existing warts, can help prevent the further spread of plantar warts. However, if you think you have developed plantar warts, speak to your podiatrist. He or she can diagnose the warts on your feet and recommend the appropriate treatment options.

If you have any questions please feel free to contact our office located in New York, NY . We offer the newest diagnostic and treatment technologies for all your foot and ankle needs.

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