What’s up with Warts?

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Foot warts are quite common, but they can be a tough topic to talk about. These rough, scaly growths known as plantar warts, sometimes seem to pop up overnight, often causing confusion or even embarrassment. There’s no need to be embarrassed though! We see warts all the time at Bay Podiatry Associates. We can help guide you to the best treatment plan.

Plantar warts are often found on the bottoms of your feet. They’re flat and often dark in color. They can even grow underneath calluses on the heel, which can be very uncomfortable or even painful. Plantar warts are caused by the HPV virus and can be easily spread to others, or around your own skin. If left untreated, they can grow to be over an inch as either a single wart or as smaller warts in clusters.

There are many over-the-counter products to remove plantar warts, but many are unreliable, and warts just grow back. Dr. Argirios Mantzoukas at Bay Podiatry Associates can help safely remove warts in one of several ways. Here are a few of the options for professional wart removal.

Laser treatment – A powerful laser destroys the tissue surrounding the plantar wart and removes the blood supply, cutting off nutrients feeding and growing the wart. Before laser treatment, a local numbing agent is applied to the area.

Cryofreezing – Extremely cold liquified nitrogen is applied to the wart, effectively killing the virus. This often takes several regimens of freezing and abrasion to completely remove the wart.

Surgery – Surgical wart removal should only be done by a qualified professional. Attempting to cut out a wart on your own could cause complications and permanent damage.

At Bay City Podiatry Associates, we’re not afraid of warts! Dr. Argiros Mantzoukas has years of experience to diagnose and treat a variety of foot and ankle conditions. Our offices in Bensonhurst, South Brooklyn, and Bath Beach are equipped with advanced technologies and a dedicated, friendly staff. For any questions about foot care, or to schedule an appointment, call us today.