Warts

Tri-County Foot Care

Podiatrists & Foot & Ankle Surgeons located in Brighton, MI; Livonia, MI; Sterling Heights, MI; Troy, MI; Taylor, MI; and Trenton, MI

Warts, also referred to as plantar warts, are common growths that can develop on your feet. Lee K. Gold, DPM, and Ignazio D. Perna, DPM, in Brighton, Livonia, Sterling Heights, Trenton, Taylor, and Troy, Michigan, diagnose and treat plantar warts with customized care, including laser treatment. If you have a plantar wart, call their practice or schedule an appointment online for expert treatment.

Warts Q & A

What is a wart?

A wart is a small skin growth caused by a virus. Plantar warts are most often found on the bottom of your foot. You may develop a single wart or a mosaic wart — a group of several small warts growing together on one part of your foot.

Warts look like small rough patches of skin. They’re often flesh-colored or white. You may notice tiny, black pinpoints in the wart and the growths can vary in size.

Small warts might not interfere with your life, but as they get bigger, they could cause foot pain or pressure when you stand or walk. They may also cause a thick callus, which could increase your discomfort.

Warts are also contagious. If you have just one wart, the infection may spread, causing new warts to appear on your feet.

What causes warts?

A strain of the human papillomavirus causes warts. The virus usually spreads through direct contact with a shared surface such as a public pool or shared shower. The virus can enter your body through microscopic injuries in your skin.

While it’s unlikely that you would contract the virus through direct contact with someone who also has a wart, the virus thrives in warm, wet environments, so locker rooms, pools, and showers are common breeding grounds for the infection.

Warts are most common in children, teenagers, and people with weakened immune systems. If you’ve had a wart in the past, your chances of getting another in the future increase.

How are warts treated?

If you think you have a wart, make an appointment with the board-certified podiatrists. Dr. Gold and Dr. Perna examine your foot and may trim away any callus covering the wart to check for the telltale black pinpoints. They may also take a biopsy of the lesion and have it tested in a laboratory to confirm your diagnosis.

The doctors offer a variety of treatments to remove your wart. For example, they have a laser in their Brighton office that provides rapid and lasting results. Some of the other available treatments include:

  • Cryotherapy
  • Salicylic acid peels
  • Immunotherapy
  • Surgical excision

If you’re concerned about warts, call Dr. Gold or Dr. Perna, or schedule a consultation online today.