Treating Plantar Warts


You started noticing an annoying pain on the bottom of your foot. It wasn’t too bad so you didn’t think much of it but over time the pain has worsened. When you finally sat down and examined the spot you saw a thick patch of skin on the ball of your foot with tiny black dots in the center. Most likely, you’ve just found a plantar wart—a skin problem we treat often at Gentle Professional Foot Care.

Where Did it Come From?

The only way to get a plantar wart is by coming in direct contact with the human papilloma virus (HPV). Chances are you came in contact with a surface or item that another person’s foot touched who had a wart. In fact, some ways to avoid plantar warts are not going barefoot in public places like gyms and community pools and never sharing towels, flip flops, razors or anything else that touches another person’s foot.

How Do I Get Rid of It?

Although there are many folk remedies for removing warts, patients are strongly urged not to try them. They are not usually successful and can cause more harm than good. The same goes for “bathroom surgery.” Attempting to shave or cut a wart will more than likely result in an infection on top of having a wart. Our foot and ankle surgeon, Dr. Charles A. Suleskey will examine your foot and confirm that what you have is a plantar wart. There are a number of treatment options available and the foot doctor will pick the one that is best for you. Treatments include topical solutions, oral medications, laser therapy, acid treatments and cryotherapy or freezing to remove the wart. In some cases minor surgery may be recommend.

Although it is possible for a wart to clear up on its own it can take a long time and there are no guarantees that it will completely disappear. The pain can increase as the wart grows. If you have found a wart on your foot, contact our Venice office for an appointment by calling: 941-493-7999.