Plantar Warts

Denville Foot and Ankle

Podiatrists located in Denville, NJ

While no one welcomes warts, when they strike your feet, especially along the bottom, they become more than just a cosmetic issue. If you have plantar warts, Daniel Hennessy, DPM, and his team at Denville Foot & Ankle, have just the tools you need to rid yourself of these unsightly, uncomfortable additions to your skin. If you’re in the area of Denville, New Jersey, call the office or use the online booking tool to get comprehensive treatment of plantar warts.

Plantar Warts Q & A

What are plantar warts?

Plantar warts are abnormal growths of skin that are caused by the human papillomavirus (HPV). HPV can cause warts to develop anywhere on your body, especially on your hands, but when they strike your feet, they’re known as plantar warts.

There are more than 100 different kinds of HPV, and many of them have little to no effect on your body. A few strains, however, can lead to outward symptoms, such as plantar warts. Most people are infected through tiny cuts or openings in their feet, through which they pick up the virus, which prefers dark, warm, and moist environments, such as locker rooms and pools. Once you’re infected, the warts can spread, which makes a trip to Denville Foot & Ankle a good idea.

What are the symptoms of plantar warts?

Plantar warts have many defining characteristics, such as:

  • Small, fleshy, and uneven patches of skin
  • Small, black dots in the center (which are clotted blood vessels)
  • Calluses that form over the top of an ingrown wart

Plantar warts most often develop in weight-bearing areas, which often leads to discomfort and pain when you’re on your feet.

How are plantar warts treated?

In mild cases, the warts will likely clear up on their own. But if yours are painful and interfering with your ability to move about freely, a trip to see Dr. Hennessy is in order. After examining the extent of your plantar warts, he recommends a treatment plan, which may include topical or oral medications.

In some cases, Dr. Hennessy may suggest removing the warts, which he can do right in his office using the latest techniques for easy and safe removal. From acid treatments to freezing your warts off, he can clear up your plantar warts to allow you to move again without discomfort.

Please note that if you have a condition like diabetes or any other circulatory problem that affects your feet, you should see Dr. Hennessy at the first signs of developing warts so that he can prevent them from causing a bigger infection.

To clear up your plantar warts, call Denville Foot & Ankle or book an appointment using the easy, online scheduling button.