Plantar Warts grow on your feet’s soles and are the result of being infected by a few of the over 100 strains of Human Papilloma Virus (HPV). As you walk these hard growths, press into the feet, causing pain and tenderness in the area surrounding them. While harmless, they can be uncomfortable and inconvenient, interfering with normal daily activities that involve being on your feet. In some cases, they will disappear without treatment; in others, you’ll need the assistance of an orthopedics specialist like Dr. Seth Steber.
How Did I Get Plantar Warts?
Plantar warts result when a strain of HPV gets into the body through tiny scrapes or cuts in the feet. Several weeks or more may pass before warts to appear after your first exposure to the responsible virus. Communal showers, swimming pools, gyms, and other public places where bare feet are common are often the source of the infection. Children are more likely to get plantar warts than adults since immunity to the condition strengthens with age. Older patients with suppressed immune systems, such as those on certain medications or suffering from conditions like HIV, are also at risk.
How Will I Discover I Have Plantar Warts?
The first signs that you are experiencing an outbreak of Plantar Warts will be hard calloused growths on the bottom of your feet. In some cases, these growths will have tiny black dots embedded in the surface. You may also begin experiencing pain in your soles when you are walking or standing. This pain will be isolated to the area surrounding the hard growths and will feel similar to that of stepping on a stone in your shoe. It’s important you see your doctor if you’re experiencing symptoms like these to confirm that you are experiencing a case of plantar warts.
How Are Plantar Warts Treated?
There are multiple clinical treatments for Plantar Warts that are proven to be effective in the treatment of this condition. The majority of these treatments involve the removal of the Plantar Wart and the affected tissues, but this should never be attempted at home. Cutting into the plantar wart can result in the spread of the wart, and the risk of injury is high outside of a clinical setting. Laser treatments, cauterization, and freezing are all treatment techniques that have been shown to be effective in the removal of plantar warts. These are often attempted as alternatives to surgical solutions.
If you’ve been experiencing symptoms that indicate you may be suffering from Plantar Warts, call 570-657-6851 for an appointment with Dr. Seth Steber today. Our friendly staff will schedule an appointment for you at our 265 Pine Cove Ct location in Lehighton, PA. You can prepare for this early by printing and filling out first-visit medical documentation and having your medical history sent to our offices. Don’t let plantar warts keep you from participating in your favorite activities, schedule an appointment to get them treated so you can get back to living your best life.