While warts aren't dangerous, they detract from a person's appearance and, when on the feet or toes, can cause discomfort while wearing shoes. At Family Foot & Ankle Associates of Maryland in Olney, Clinton, Silver Spring and Kensington, MD, our podiatrists see many patients who want to get rid of their warts. In this entry, we've provided some information about how warts are treated:
What are warts?
Warts are relatively small, round growths that collect on the surface of the skin as a result of a virus. Common warts can develop on the top of the feet or the toes; these are known as common warts. Warts that develop on the bottom of the feet are called plantar warts and are typically about the size of a pencil eraser, although some many grow larger. These are of particular concern for your podiatrist because they can cause intense pain for people who spend a lot of time on their feet.
Why do warts need to be removed?
Many people visit their Olney, Clinton, Silver Spring and Kensington podiatrist to have warts removed from visible areas for cosmetic reasons. Constant pressure on a wart can also cause significant pain to develop. Because they are caused by a viral infection, warts can also be passed to other people or other parts of your body, so removing them stops the spread of the virus.
How are warts treated?
While some warts disappear spontaneously, this process can take several years, which may not be an option if you're dealing with a painful plantar wart. Your podiatrist typically treats common warts by applying a medication that causes the wart to slough off the skin. Follow-up applications may be necessary. A minor in-office surgical procedure may also be necessary to remove a wart in its entirety. How your wart is treated depends on where it is located and its type.
If you have a wart that needs removed, the podiatrists at Family Foot & Ankle Associates in Olney, Clinton, Silver Spring and Kensington, MD, are waiting to hear from you. Contact one of our offices today!