Of all the places a wart can appear on your skin, the heel of the foot has to be one of the most potentially painful locations imaginable. This is frequently the location that a wart-causing virus (HPV) chooses to occupy, having gained entry through cracks and cuts on the soles of your feet. Human papilloma virus is very common and can be easily picked up from the gym while using the showers and locker rooms.
Plantar warts will usually resolve with good home care, but oftentimes a wart will grow underneath the skin, on the heels or balls of the feet, where the pressure causes the wart to grow inward beneath a callus. This can be particularly painful and difficult to treat and may require the assistance of a doctor to safely remove.
Signs and Symptoms of Plantar Warts
●Pain in the foot located under thick skin, usually on the ball or heel
●Spongy, warty, rough bumps that may contain little black pinpoints
●Warts can (and do!) multiply, and these are amusingly known as “mosaic” warts
Home Treatment for Plantar Warts
●Moleskin pads to isolate the wart
●Soaking in a warm foot bath and applying salicylic acid
●Sanding with a pumice stone, and removing dead tissue
If you do not see much improvement in one to two weeks with home care methods, it may be necessary to see a foot specialist and try a more aggressive treatment such as liquid nitrogen, cauterization, or laser surgery.
The podiatrists at Foot Health Podiatry, PLLC, in New York City, NY, have extensive experience in removing hard to treat plantar warts, and are experts in providing the best care for any other problems you may be experiencing with your feet and ankles. Dr. Sorelis Jimenez, Dr. John W. Fletcher, Dr. Kamilla Danilova and the rest of the staff at Foot Health Podiatry, PLLC, are happy to help with any questions or concerns you may have. Check out our Ask The Doctor page for answers to frequently asked questions, and never hesitate to give us a call to talk or make an appointment at 212-845-9991.