Warts Specialist

Nashville Podiatry

Podiatrists located in Hendersonville, TN & Nashville, TN & Gallatin, TN

Warts on your feet can be unsightly and uncomfortable if left untreated. To clear up plantar warts, visit Nashville Podiatry at one of three locations in Gallatin, Nashville, and Hendersonville, Tennessee. The podiatry team offers effective and efficient treatment of warts so your feet can look and feel comfortable again. To book an appointment, call or use the online scheduling tool today.

Warts Q & A

What are plantar warts?

Warts on your feet, called plantar warts, are small, raised bumps on the surface of your skin that grow when your skin is infected by a virus. Warts can grow on any part of the foot, though they most often show up on the sole of the foot. There are two types of plantar warts:

Solitary wart

A solitary wart is a single wart that shows up by itself. It can get bigger and may spread to other areas of the foot, causing satellite warts.

Mosaic wart

A mosaic wart is an area where many smaller warts are clustered. Mosaic warts can be more difficult to treat than solitary warts.

The team assesses the appearance of warts on your foot to determine whether you have a solitary or mosaic wart and which treatment is most appropriate for the location and size of your wart.

What are the symptoms of warts?

Warts have a characteristically bumpy or ridged appearance that looks different from a callus, corn, or other raised skin area on your foot. Some symptoms of warts include:

  • Thickened skin
  • Pain when standing or walking
  • Tiny black dots on the surface of the warts from dried blood within the tiny capillaries of the wart

Because warts tend to grow deep into the skin, they develop their own blood supply and can cause deeper pain sensations that other growths.

What causes plantar warts?

Plantar warts are caused by the human papillomavirus (HPV). HPV can cause warts on other parts of the body. You must come into direct contact with a wart to become infected with the virus and develop a wart yourself.

What is the treatment for plantar warts?

In many cases, plantar warts clear up on their own but it can take several months for your body to fight off the HPV infection that causes the wart. If you want faster relief, the team may recommend:

  • Topical or oral medications
  • Laser therapy
  • Cryotherapy, a way to freeze the wart until it falls off
  • Acid treatments
  • Surgical removal

The team may recommend one or more of these options depending on your overall health and the size of your wart. Some treatments are more invasive but work more quickly than others, and this may be beneficial if you walk or stand frequently for your job or household chores.

Find out which wart treatment is right for you by scheduling a consultation online at Nashville Podiatry or calling now.