An embarrassing problem, plantar warts are a common type of human papillomavirus (HPV) that can affect anyone. Most of the time these warts are harmless, and Marshall L. Lukoff, DPM, FAAFS of Foot Care Specialists PC, with offices in Quincy and Dedham, Massachusetts, can treat them effectively. Dr. Lukoff is the premier podiatrist and foot and ankle specialist in the greater Boston area, so if you have warts or another foot condition, he can help. He uses cutting-edge technologies and the latest treatments so you can get back to your life without inconvenience. Call either office or schedule an appointment online.
Plantar warts develop on your feet as a result of HPV. Anyone can get them, and they often appear on the bottom of your foot. Warts are most common in children, adolescents, and the elderly.
Although typically harmless, warts can cause pain when you walk or put pressure on them. They also cause thicker skin like a callus, or appear with tiny black dots inside. Plantar warts grow deep into your skin and become larger over time if left untreated.
Sometimes warts go away on their own, but it could take a couple years. In the meantime, you deal with pain every time you take a step or put pressure on the affected area. If your warts spread, or bleed, or interfere with your daily activities because of discomfort, it’s a good idea to seek medical treatment. If you have a weakened immune system or diabetes, you should seek treatment before the warts lead to more complicated health issues.
Dr. Lukoff offers effective treatment methods for plantar warts so you can get relief. In mild cases, he can prescribe medications or topical ointments. For more severe cases, he typically recommends treatment with a CO2 laser. Laser removal of warts is an effective, minimally invasive method for removing warts, so you can avoid surgery and a lengthy recovery period.
CO2 laser treatments remove warts safely and effectively, and your recovery time is relatively quick. During a laser treatment, thermal energy goes below the surface of your skin to “vaporize” the infected tissue and blood vessels that feed the wart so it can no longer grow.
One of the advantages of CO2 laser treatments for plantar warts is that your wart is gone immediately after the procedure. Other methods, like medications or topical salicylic acid, can take several weeks to eliminate the wart.
If you’ve been dealing with warts on your feet for a long time, or you’ve tried at-home remedies without success, it could be time to seek professional medical attention. Dr. Lukoff and his friendly, caring podiatry team are there to help you get relief from warts.
Call either the Quincy or Dedham office or request the next available appointment using the online booking tool.