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What Can I Do About My Plantar Warts?

Plantar warts on your toes or feet can be unsightly and uncomfortable, causing pain and even bleeding. It’s easy to catch warts in public or shared spaces, and most at-home treatments won’t be effective at permanently removing warts from your hands and fingers, or from your feet or toes.

Don’t just put up with plantar warts this summer. With professional care, you can get to the root of the problem and kick warts out of your system for good.

At The Foot Care Group, board-certified podiatrist Dr. Steve Sharlin and his team can help. When it comes to rooting out the viral causes of plantar warts, you need Dr. Sharlin’s support. Here’s what Dr. Sharlin wants his new and existing patients from the north suburbs of Libertyville, Illinois, and the western suburbs of Hinsdale to know about how he can help with plantar warts.

What causes plantar warts?

Warts are caused by one of the many strains of human papillomavirus (HPV). You can become infected with viruses through tiny cuts or scrapes on your skin. You’re at a higher risk for warts if you have diabetes or another condition that negatively affects your circulation, or if you’re immunocompromised.

Plantar warts are found on your toes and feet, while palmar warts are located on your hands. As your body reacts to viral infection, warts are formed when layers of keratin proteins build up on your skin.

Plantar warts on the bottoms of your feet and between your toes can become extremely painful, and can limit your footwear and activity choices. And, warts are pretty contagious, spreading easily from person to person. Summer activities like poolside time or shared showers and changing spaces at gyms are common spreaders of warts between individuals.

Treatment options for your plantar warts

Lots of people will tell you about a sure-fire home remedy for warts. However, these home-care methods are typically ineffective, due to the systemic nature of warts. To really deal with your plantar warts, it’s not enough to get rid of individual warts one by one. You have to address the underlying infection if you want to prevent reoccurrence.

Dr. Sharlin and the team at The Foot Care Group offer cutting-edge podiatry treatment, including effective solutions for your plantar warts. In order to confirm your diagnosis, Dr. Sharlin examines your feet, and may need to take a small tissue to biopsy in order to rule out potential skin cancer.

For plantar warts, topical prescription medications or cryotherapy can both be beneficial. In cryotherapy, your provider at The Foot Care Group uses liquid nitrogen to target your viral infection, as well as your surface warts.

In the case of a plantar wart that’s deeply covered in layers of skin and callus, Dr. Sharlin may need to use a surgical procedure to expose and treat the wart and underlying infection.

For the care and attention you need to resolve plantar warts, get in touch with Dr. Sharlin at The Foot Care Group today. You can schedule your appointment over the phone or book online now.

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