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April 10, 2024

What Are Plantar Warts?

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Plantar warts are caused by an infection with the human papillomavirus (HPV) in the outer layer of skin, commonly on the soles or other weight-bearing areas of your feet, leading to the question of what causes plantar warts. These warts can form from hard, grainy, or fleshy skin.

Although not dangerous, develop plantar warts can be uncomfortable or cause minor pain, making plantar wart removal a sought-after procedure.

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How We Treat Warts

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A lot of the time plantar warts eventually go away on their own. If you're wondering how to get rid of plantar warts, our wart treatment ranges from over-the-counter medication (salicylic acid plantar wart removal or Aspirin) to a more aggressive plantar wart removal surgery in severe cases.

Conservative Wart Treatment Options

Topical Therapy

This method uses medications or solutions to directly attack the virus and stimulate your immune system to fight the viral warts. Your doctor may inject your warts with a foreign substance (antigen) or apply a solution or cream to the warts.

Liquid Nitrogen Treatment

The most preferred treatment, and done in the clinic with local anesthetic, liquid nitrogen application has a faster healing time and no risk for scarring on the bottom of the foot.

Blister formation after the ‘cryotherapy’ is uncomfortable for 2 to 3 days, and there are no restrictions or harm if the patient bears weight on the area right afterward.

Surgical Treatment for Warts

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Curettage, or surgical removal, can be performed in an outpatient surgery center if other therapy or conservative treatment fails. Other devices such as electrocautery are used for larger areas and in conjunction with curettage.

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Insurance Coverage for Plantar Wart Removal

Understanding your insurance coverage for plantar wart removal is crucial for effectively managing your healthcare expenses.

Most insurance plans offer coverage for both the diagnosis and treatment of plantar warts. This typically includes visits to healthcare professionals for plantar wart diagnosis, prescription medications, and, in some cases, specialized treatments such as cryotherapy or laser therapy.

For detailed information on specific insurance plans accepted, please visit our insurance page. Our office will assist you in navigating through the insurance policies that cover the necessary treatments for plantar wart removal, ensuring you receive the required care without unnecessary financial strain.

Why Choose Us

When it comes to plantar warts treated, choosing the right healthcare provider is paramount. Here at Modern Foot & Ankle, we pride ourselves on our comprehensive, patient-centered approach to plantar wart removal.

Expertise and Specialization

Our team is composed of specialists with extensive training and experience in podiatry, ensuring that you receive the highest standard of care for plantar warts. Our expertise allows for accurate diagnosis and effective treatment plans tailored to each patient's needs.

Advanced Treatment Options

We offer a range of advanced treatment options, from salicylic acid applications to liquid nitrogen cryotherapy and surgical interventions. Our clinic is equipped with the latest technology to treat plantar warts, including mosaic warts, ensuring efficient and effective removal.

Personalized Care

Understanding that each case of develop warts is unique, we provide personalized care plans designed to address the specific needs and health goals of our patients. Our approach ensures that patients are fully informed and comfortable with their treatment options.

Focus on Patient Education

We believe in empowering our patients with knowledge about their condition. From what causes plantar warts to prevent plantar warts and recognizing the symptoms of plantar warts, we provide comprehensive education to help manage and overcome this condition.

Comprehensive Support Services

Our support services extend beyond treatment. We offer guidance on insurance coverage, post-treatment care, and risk factors associated with common warts. Our goal is to ensure a smooth and stress-free experience for all our patients.

A Compassionate Team

Our team is not just medically proficient; we are compassionate and dedicated to providing a supportive environment. We understand the discomfort and stigma that can come with plantar warts, and we're here to help every step of the way.

In Summary

  1. Plantar warts, caused by the human papillomavirus (HPV), are non-cancerous skin growths that appear on the soles of the feet. Though often harmless, they can cause discomfort or pain by tiny blood vessels, leading many to seek plantar wart removal options.
  2. Treatments range from salicylic acid applications and liquid nitrogen cryotherapy to surgical interventions, tailored to the wart's severity and patient needs.
  3. Understanding your insurance coverage for these treatments is essential, and choosing a specialized provider like Modern Foot & Ankle ensures access to advanced care options, personalized treatment plans, and comprehensive support services.
  4. Our focus on expertise, patient education, and compassionate care makes us the preferred choice for those seeking relief from plantar warts and their symptoms.
  5. With our dedication to treating plantar warts, including mosaic warts and understanding risk factors and prevention strategies, we stand as a leading provider in podiatric care.

The information on our website is intended for general informational and educational purposes only and should not be used as a substitute for professional medical advice. For any health-related concerns, we strongly recommend consulting with a healthcare professional. Please note that any reliance on the information found on our site is solely at your own risk. For more details, please see our Medical Disclaimer.


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What happens to a plantar wart if left untreated?

Warts untreated can either spread or even disappear over time. Many studies have been made with different forms of treatment and medications to determine what happens to a plantar wart, but a double-blind version must be used to accurately see results, since warts do sometimes go away on their own.

Why are plantar warts so hard to get rid of?

Plantar warts are hard to get rid of due to their genetic makeup and the locations where they grow. The sole of the foot or palm of the hand has thick skin where the wart can hide or stay undetected from the body’s weakened immune system.

Why do plantar warts hurt so bad?

Plantar warts hurt because of the nerves and small capillaries in the middle of the wart that present at the top layers of the skin. Pressure can cause intense pain, especially squeezing them from side to side.

What is the fastest way to get rid of a plantar wart?

The fastest way to get rid of a wart is either with liquid nitrogen treatment (cryotherapy) or surgical excision.

Can you pull out a plantar wart?

Yes, you can pull out a plantar wart. They do tend to bleed a lot due to an increased nerve and vascular supply. Many times they do return, but with any type of injury, the body’s immune response will respond to the wart tissue.

How much does it cost to remove a plantar wart?

The pricing varies, but usually covered by health care insurance. Cash prices vary from $50 with topical medication, $100 with cryotherapy (liquid nitrogen), to $500 if surgically removed.

Are plantar warts an STD?

No, plantar warts are not an STD. This virus is specifically an epidermal or exterior skin pathogen. Plantar warts are from the HPV variety (out of hundreds of varieties or strains), but very few present on the feet. It is very difficult to catch a plantar wart from someone since the virus is usually found in damp, moist areas.

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