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Plantar Wart Specialist

InStride Family Foot Care

Podiatrists & Foot and Ankle Specialists located in Concord, NC & Charlotte, NC

Caused by a human papillomavirus (HPV) infection, plantar warts can lead to sore, tender bumps that cause discomfort with every step. If you notice unusual growths on your feet or have a history of plantar warts, book an evaluation at InStride Family Foot Care, with locations in Albemarle, Concord, Matthews, Wake Forest, Gastonia, and Monroe, as well as two clinics in Charlotte, North Carolina. The leading podiatrists offer in-office foot wart removal solutions, so you can expect fast and effective relief. Book your plantar wart appointment online or over the phone with any location today.

Plantar Wart Q&A

What causes plantar warts?

Plantar warts develop when the human papillomavirus (HPV) strain breaks into your skin, usually through a weak spot, like a cut. HPV thrives in areas that are warm and damp, so it’s possible that you came into contact with the viral invader by walking barefoot next to a swimming pool or in a sauna or gym locker room. 

Just because you came into contact with HPV doesn’t mean you’re going to develop warts though. These unsightly, painful bumps are more likely to develop if you have a weakened immune system or have a history of warts that you never had properly treated.

How do I know if I have plantar warts?

Plantar warts develop gradually over time. You may notice a single unusual bump or a cluster of small growths on the sole of your foot, usually around the ball of your foot. One of the most prominent signs of plantar warts is bumps that have tiny black dots in the middle. These are signs of broken blood vessels inside.

In some cases, warts grow into your skin because of pressure from standing or walking. This can cause a thick callus to form over them, which tends to disrupt the natural lines in your skin.

While plantar warts aren’t usually anything to worry about, if left untreated, they can progress and start causing shooting or burning pains when you walk. Before your warts become this severe, see how InStride Family Foot Care podiatrists can help. 

How does a podiatrist treat plantar warts?

The expert podiatrists at InStride Family Foot Care can typically diagnose plantar warts on the spot by examining you and talking with you about your symptoms. Depending on your health history and the severity of your infection, your podiatrist may:

  • Prescribe topical antiviral ointment
  • Recommend cushioning wart pads
  • Destroy warts with freezing medicine (cryotherapy)
  • Remove warts with an electric needle (electrosurgery and curettage)

Your podiatrist at InStride Family Foot Care can also counsel you about preventive measures and teach you how to lower your risk of plantar warts in the future. 

If you have plantar warts, the leading podiatry team at InStride Family Foot Care can help. Get started on your treatment by booking an exam online or over the phone with the office nearest you today.