Foot warts — medically known as plantar warts — aren’t a major medical concern, although they can make you feel self-conscious and can even become painful. You can get effective wart treatments right in the office at Errol Gindi, D.P.M., in Valley Stream, New York, so you won’t have to live another day with embarrassing foot warts. Schedule your wart evaluation online or call the clinic directly to book an appointment.

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What causes warts?

Warts develop when the human papillomavirus (HPV) enters your skin, often through a wound or cut. This viral invader thrives in areas that are warm, moist, and dark, so you may have come into contact with HPV by walking barefoot in a gym locker room or sauna.

If you’re generally healthy and have a strong immune system, your body might fight off HPV and warts may never develop. But your risk of developing foot warts increases due to:

  • Younger age (warts are common among children and teens)
  • Weakened immune system
  • History of warts

Plus, if you pick or scratch at a wart, you can spread the infection to another area, which can lead to additional warts.

When should I see a podiatrist for warts?

The concern with foot warts is that they can start growing into your skin, which can cause severe pain. If left untreated, foot pain from warts can become so severe, your posture or gait (the way you stand or walk) change. This can lead to secondary issues, including knee and hip pain.

Before your foot warts get to this point, Dr. Gindi encourages you to come in for an evaluation. He recommends booking a wart exam if you notice:

  • Tenderness or soreness
  • Lesions with black pinpoint centers
  • Growths with thickened calluses over them

At the office of Errol Gindi, D.P.M., you can get started on innovative wart treatments right away and learn how to prevent a future wart outbreak.

How are foot warts treated?

Your foot wart treatment plan depends on the severity of your warts and the symptoms you’re experiencing. Dr. Gindi may recommend:

  • Topical trichloroacetic applications
  • Prescription-strength salicylic acid medications
  • Freezing medicine, also known as cryotherapy

Dr. Gindi also offers in-office laser wart treatments. Using a medical pulsed-dye laser system, Dr. Gindi can target foot warts and destroy them. Over time and after a series of several laser treatments every three to four weeks, treated warts die and fall off. Laser foot wart treatments are one of the latest and most effective solutions.

Before your foot wart outbreak gets any worse, schedule an evaluation at the office of Errol Gindi, D.P.M. Click on the online booking feature or call to schedule your wart appointment.