TREATMENTS: Wart Removal


Many of our patients suffer from similar foot and ankle conditions; however, we treat each case uniquely. By understanding not only your podiatric disease, deformity, or other medical condition, but also your specific lifestyle needs, we can better create a course of treatment or recommend footwear that will help relieve your issues.

The complexity of the workings of your feet and ankles makes this a part of your body that may need significant attention, so we don’t rush you through treatment. At our office, we take the time to provide you with comprehensive foot care education and give you the treatment that you need and deserve.


What Are Warts?

A wart is are noncancerous skin growth, an infection caused by a virus, a hard, grainy growth that usually appear on the heels or balls of your feet, areas that feel the most pressure.

Plantar warts are caused by the human papillomavirus (HPV). The virus enters your body through tiny cuts, breaks or other weak spots on the bottom of your feet. Over time, the wart develops into a hard, rough growth on the surface of the skin. Children, teens, and people with allergies or weakened immune systems are more vulnerable to the wart virus.

Most plantar warts aren’t a serious health concern and may not require treatment. But plantar warts can cause discomfort or pain.

Signs of Plantar Warts

Plantar warts grow deep into the skin. Usually this growth occurs slowly, with the wart starting small and becoming larger over time.

  • Thickened skin. Hard, thickened skin (callus) over a well-defined “spot” on the skin, where a wart has grown inward. Often a plantar wart resembles a callus because of its tough, thick tissue.
  • Pain or tenderness when walking or standing. Squeezing the sides of the wart may also cause pain.
  • Tiny black dots. These often appear on the surface of the wart. Black pinpoints, which are commonly called wart seeds but are actually small, clotted blood vessels

Your expert Fort Myers podiatrist should examine your wart carefully to determine that it is not a corn or a callus. If a wart, it will usually be painful when your podiatrist squeezes it. To examine the wart further, the hard skin layer around it may need to be trimmed. A wart will have certain spots that bleed when trimmed; a callus will not.

DIABETICS: You should see your podiatrist immediately at the first sign of ANY problems with the skin on your feet or toes. 

Fort Myers Laser Wart Removal

The truth is most plantar warts need the care of a foot specialist, a certified podiatrist. These warts can be very stubborn and are beyond the scope of “home remedies.”

Your Fort Myers foot doctor may recommend a medication (or in some rare cases, an over-the-counter remedy) designed for warts before suggesting foot wart removal. But most likely he will explore additional methods to handle the wart.

The doctor may choose one of several methods: freezing the wart, Injection of medication, surgical procedures, laser surgery or chemical removal.

Preventative Measures

HPV is a highly contagious virus, and that it will spread if not treated. If you or your children notice a wart on your feet or on any part of your body, avoid clipping, brushing, shaving or combing the area over and around the wart in order to avoid nicking or cutting the wart and causing it to bleed. Also you should not use the same nail clipper as someone else or on your hands it warts have been detected.

You should always try to prevent the first or recurrence of warts. Here are some ideas that can help:

  • Keep your feet as clean and dry as possible
  • Wear waterproof sandals at swimming pools or other wet public areas
  • Change your socks or hose daily
  • Clip toenails straight across and keep them shorter than the tips of your toes
  • Avoid tight hosiery, which promotes moisture retention, and wear synthetic fabric socks that wick moisture away from feet better than cotton or wool

It is common for warts to persist indefinitely if left untreated. Before you have issues with your feet, contact a foot specialist, like Dr. Joseph Campbell and Dr. Bradley Habuda who are experienced with foot wart removal specialists. So if you’re looking for the best laser wart removal doctor in Fort Myers, contact us today.

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