A plantar wart is a hard, grainy growth that usually appears on the bottom of the foot, in areas where the most pressure is absorbed. Plantar warts in Providence (and all over) occur when the human papillomavirus (HPV) makes contact with the skin on the soles of feet. The virus is usually introduced into the body through small cuts or openings on the bottom of the foot.

Types of Plantar Warts in Providence

Because they are spread through viral infections, those with weakened immune systems (children and senior citizens) are more likely to develop plantar warts in Providence. While most warts are visible, some plantar warts grow inwards—due to too much pressure—and form a callus. The two most common types of plantar warts include:

  • Solitary wart: When there is just one single wart that increases in size and may develop into additional “satellite” warts.
  • Mosaic wart: In some cases, multiple warts cluster together in one area—these warts are usually more difficult to treat.

Based on the type of wart you have, Dr. Kenneth Segal, our Providence podiatrist, can work with you to create an appropriate treatment plan.

Symptoms of Plantar Warts in Providence

While most cases of plantar warts can go away on their own with time, most people want faster relief. The goal of podiatric treatment for plantar warts is to completely remove the wart, not cover it up. Some of the common warning signs of plantar warts in Providence include:

  • Small, fleshy and rough growths develop
  • Hard, thickened skin forms
  • Formation of small clotted blood vessels
  • Pain when walking or standing
  • Tenderness in the affected area

Dr. Segal, our foot doctor in Providence, can usually diagnose a plantar wart by completing a simple physical exam. He or she may remove a section of the lesion to send out for further testing.

Treating Plantar Warts in Providence

If walking becomes painful or the warts are spreading, there are over-the-counter treatments available. However, these often require multiple treatments and are still ineffective. When self-care and home remedies fail, visit Dr. Segal, our podiatrist in Providence. Dr. Segal may recommend the following conservative, non-invasive treatment options:

  • Prescription-strength wart medications
  • Cryotherapy (freezing the wart off)
  • Immunotherapy
  • Minor surgery to cut away the wart
  • Laser treatment

Contact our office to schedule a consultation with Dr. Segal in Providence for plantar warts treatment.