Foot Wart (Plantar Wart) Specialists


You have been diagnosed with having a plantar wart (s). Plantar is the medical term for the bottom surface of your foot. A wart is a viral condition, which occurs in the skin only. Warts on other parts of the body such as the hands often grow outward, but warts on the bottom of the foot are pushed inward by the weight of the body when walking. They often extend deep through the full thickness of the skin. These warts often are painful, and are very prone to spread. These two factors make treatment and follow up for this condition very important.

Treatment of the warts is either conservative or surgical. Conservative treatment consists of having the wart debrided (shaving the top few layers of skin from the lesion) followed by application of a strong topical medication. You were dispensed a milder topical medication to be applied to the wart(s) twice per day on a home care basis. The Salactic film was given to you to enhance and expedite the treatments. It is very important to return to the office every 2 weeks to have these treatments performed. Being consistent with the medications and office visits is essential to prevent recurrence. There are no restrictions to your daily routines and you can perform all activities. 

Surgical treatment is performed in the office. In most cases a surgical Laser is used. It is performed under local anesthesia. Daily dressing changes are required. You need to restrict walking for at least 2 weeks and keep the surgical area dry until the surgical site heals. 

It is imperative that you follow the instructions the doctors have given you. Applying the prescribed medicine and keeping regularly scheduled appointments are essential aspects of treating the warts in a timely and effective manor. 

Hi-Tech Wart Removal

Painful warts can make a person's life miserable. Contrary to the old wives tale, they are not caused by touching frogs, but are viral infections that invade the foot through microscopic breaks or wounds in the skin. With time the wart turns into a rough hard growth in the skin. Plantar warts are the most common type and are found on the bottom of the foot.

However, warts can appear anywhere on the feet. Warts spread in places like public pools and showers. They can be passed from person to person in the same household who walk barefoot.

Conservative successful treatment can include: topical treatments, cryotherapy and vitamin supplements. The use of modern day laser technology is available for surgical removal of the wart.  The laser usually causes less swelling, less tissue damage, and minimal bleeding. In most case patients heal quicker with less pain and less post-operative infections than traditional surgical excision

Since warts can be extremely painful, it is best to check this condition in its earliest stages. The main thing to remember about a wart is that it should receive immediate attention. If it is ignored it may spread to other parts of the body.

For additional helpful information on wart treatments, please call Dr. Neal Houslanger and Dr. Matthew Kassnove at 631-654-3838.