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Plantar Warts

Steven Lemberger, DPM, DACFAS

Board Certified Podiatrist & Foot Surgeon located in Freehold, NJ

Plantar warts are incredibly common, but without prompt treatment, they can grow in size and make it difficult to run, walk, or participate in other physical activity. At his private practice in Freehold, New Jersey, board-certified podiatrist Steven Lemberger, DPM, DACFAS, treats plantar warts in people of all ages. To schedule an appointment, call the office or book online today.

Plantar Warts Q & A

What are plantar warts?

Plantar warts are small, flesh-colored bumps that develop on the soles of your feet. They occur due to a strain of the human papillomavirus (HPV) and tend to form on or near weight-bearing areas like the heels.

Most plantar warts aren’t a serious concern and go away on their own without treatment. However, if your warts cause pain or you have a chronic condition like venous insufficiency or diabetes, it’s important to meet with an experienced podiatrist like Dr. Lemberger.

What are the symptoms of plantar warts?

Common symptoms associated with plantar warts include:

  • Small, rough growths on the base of your feet and toes
  • Hard, thickened skin
  • Pain or tenderness when walking or standing

Most plantar warts also have a black spot in the middle. This “seed” is a group of small, clotted blood vessels that supply the wart with oxygen and nutrients.

Who is at risk of getting plantar warts?

Plantar warts affect people of all ages, races, and genders. Several factors may increase your risk, including:

  • Being a child or teenager
  • Having a weakened immune system
  • Having a history of plantar warts
  • Walking around barefoot

You’re also more likely to experience plantar warts if you don’t practice good foot hygiene. You can significantly lower your risk by inspecting and washing your feet regularly.

How are plantar warts diagnosed?

To diagnose plantar warts, Dr. Lemberger reviews your medical history, asks about your symptoms, and physically examines your feet and toes. 

During your exam, he further inspects each lesion, pares them with a scalpel, and, if necessary, shaves a small piece of skin off of each wart for a biopsy. During a biopsy, Dr. Lemberger places your sample under a microscope for further observation.

How are plantar warts treated?

Most plantar warts resolve on their own after several months or years. If your plantar warts are painful or they start spreading to other areas of your feet, professional intervention may be necessary.

Depending on the number and location of your plantar warts, Dr. Lemberger might recommend removal using salicylic acid or cryotherapy. Salicylic acid is a peeling medication that removes layers of a wart little by little. 

Cryotherapy uses liquid nitrogen to freeze a wart. The freezing process makes the outer layer of your skin blister and die. As your skin heals, it sheds dead tissue, including the wart.

To learn more about treatment options to address plantar warts, schedule an appointment at the practice of Steven Lemberger, DPM, DACFAS. Call the office to speak with a friendly staff member or book a consultation online today.