Plantar Wart Specialist

Parkchester Family Podiatry -  - Podiatry

Parkchester Family Podiatry

Podiatry located in Bronx, NY

Plantar warts are a very common foot condition, but because they’re hard to treat and can be highly contagious, proper medical intervention is key. With the help of Asima Chaudhry, DPM, and Richard Steiner, DPM, you can undergo research-driven plantar wart treatments at Parkchester Family Podiatry PC in the Bronx. Before your foot warts spread or worsen, book a foot exam. Click on the online scheduling tool or call the New York City office for an appointment today.

Plantar Wart Q & A

What are plantar warts?

Plantar warts are small soft tissue growths that occur in your feet, usually on the soles of your feet. These warts form when human papillomavirus (HPV) breaks through delicate skin tissue and starts to spread. 

While anyone can develop a foot wart infection, this issue is more common among children and teenagers. 

How did I get plantar warts?

The HPV strain that causes foot warts thrives in areas that are damp and dark. They tend to survive for long periods in wet saunas, pool decks, and gym locker rooms, to name a few common areas. It’s likely that you came into contact with HPV by walking barefoot through one of these types of places.

However, not everyone who comes into contact with HPV actually develops warts. If your immune system is strong, you might be able to fight off the infection and never develop foot warts. 

Your chances of struggling with warts is higher, though, if any of the following factors apply to you:

  • Weakened immune system
  • Foot cuts, wounds, or abrasions
  • History of plantar warts 

Your risk of developing a foot wart infection is also higher if you have overly sweaty feet or don’t thoroughly wash and dry your feet every day. 

What are the symptoms of plantar warts?

Plantar warts are typically harmless, although they can certainly cause pain and spread to other areas of your body. Before these issues occur, come in to Parkchester Family Podiatry PC if you experience any of the following wart signs or symptoms:

  • Thickened, raised lesions with rough surfaces
  • Abnormal growths with black pinpoint centers
  • Clusters of growths

Without proper care, plantar warts can grow into your skin, which causes a callus to develop over them. This can cause extreme tenderness when you put pressure on the area. 

How does a podiatrist treat plantar warts?

To treat your plantar warts, your dedicated podiatrist at Parkchester Family Podiatry PC may provide prescription-strength medications, such as topical or oral antiviral creams. They can also remove the warts with any of the following solutions:

  • Electrodesiccation and curettage surgery
  • Cryotherapy — freezing off the warts
  • Clinical-grade salicylic acid peeling medications

Your podiatrist also counsels you about how you can prevent plantar warts from coming back in the future. 

Schedule your plantar wart evaluation at Parkchester Family Podiatry PC today. You’re welcome to book online or you can call the office to speak with a team member directly.