Common Foot Problems:
- Heel spurs
- Ingrown Toenails
- Foot Injuries
- Plantar Fascitis
- Flat feet
What are Plantar Warts?
A plantar wart is a tissue growth that appears on the heels or balls of your feet and can be painful. They are caused by a virus, which enters your body through tiny cuts, breaks or other weak spots on the bottom of your feet. When they appear on the soles of the feet, they are properly called plantar warts.
Children, especially teenagers, tend to be more susceptible to warts than adults; some people seem to be immune.
More Serious Problems
Although rare, more serious lesions such as carcinomas and melanomas may appear on the foot and be
misidentified as a wart. It is recommended to consult one of our podiatrists when any suspicious
growth is detected on the skin of the foot in order to ensure a correct diagnosis.
Dr. Montoya is experienced in treating plantar warts at any of our offices.
Symptoms of plantar warts include:
- A small, rough growth on the sole of your foot.
- A callus on the skin, where a wart has grwon inward.
- Wart Seeds: these are clotted blood vessels that look like small black points.
- A legion that disrupts the normal lines in the skin.
- Pain when walking or standing.
It is possible that Dr. Montoya will try a non-surgical approach by prescribing a wart-removal treatment.
More likely, however, removal of warts by a simple surgical procedure, performed under local anesthetic,
may be indicated.
Using over-the-counter preparations are not recommented because they contain chemicals that destroy skin cells, and it takes an expert to destroy abnormal skin cells (warts) without also destroying surrounding healthy tissue.
If you have any questions about our podiatry services, contact us today!