Posts for: January, 2017
Find out the best way to handle warts if they show up on your feet.
While warts are unsightly, our Greensburg and Irwin, PA podiatrists, Drs. Cherrie and Todd Cindric, are here to tell you that warts are pretty harmless. Warts can appear anywhere on the body and if you happen to experience warts on your feet this is a condition known as plantar warts.
Plantar warts are benign growths that are the result of a virus known as the human papillomavirus (HPV). While you may hear HPV and immediately have concerns, don’t worry. There are many strains of HPV and the ones that cause plantar warts are not the same ones that cause genital warts.
How do you know if the growths you are experiencing are plantar warts? These growths tend to be rather small and with plantar warts sometimes you may experience a cluster of growths. Since plantar warts appear on the soles of the feet, they are often flatter than other warts since they are constantly experiencing pressure from walking.
If you do have a plantar wart you’ll be happy to hear that they will go away on their own over time. Of course, if they are painful, annoying or you just hate the way they look and want them to go away quickly, then it’s time you turned to our Greensburg and Irwin foot doctor.
Yes, there are at-home remedies and over-the-counter wart treatments, but they aren’t always effective and they can lead to further issues if they aren’t used properly. When you come in for treatment, we will freeze the plantar wart off. Sometimes a wart can even be removed through laser treatment or surgery. Since home treatments don’t often provide fast results you may want to turn to us for a quicker and more effective way to remove plantar warts. If the wart isn’t giving you trouble then we may just recommend that you leave it alone and let it run its course.
If you are looking to have your plantar warts removed then it’s time you called Westmoreland Foot & Ankle Care in Greensburg and Irwin, PA to schedule your next appointment. Don’t just put up with unpleasant and embarrassing warts.