Warts

Premier Foot & Ankle Center

Jade Gittens, D.P.M.

Podiatrist & Podiatric Surgeon located in Somerset, NJ

Plantar warts (foot warts) most commonly affect children, although adults can develop them, too. With her modern approach to wart treatment, board-certified podiatrist Jade Gittens, DPM, of Premier Foot & Ankle Center offers the latest in wart solutions right in her Somerset, New Jersey, clinic. Before living another day with uncomfortable foot warts, book an evaluation so you can get started on treatment right away. Schedule either online or over the phone.

Warts Q & A

Are plantar warts contagious?

Yes. Plantar warts (verrucas) are caused by a viral infection that invades your skin through a weak spot or opening, like a wound or cut. This virus, known as human papillomavirus (HPV), isn’t generally harmful and doesn’t always cause foot warts in every person who comes into contact with it — your immune system may fight it off.

In many cases, you can contract the foot wart virus by:

  • Sharing socks or shoes with someone who’s infected
  • Walking barefoot in communal areas, like gym locker rooms
  • Having a weakened immune system

This viral infection thrives in warm, dark environments — like between your toes. Needless to say, it’s important to wash between your toes daily and let your feet dry out to help prevent a plantar wart outbreak.

What are the signs of plantar warts?

Plantar warts look like flesh-colored grainy growths that usually develop along the soles of your feet, either close to the base of your toes or on your heels. In some cases, the warts have a small black pinpoint, which are clotted blood vessels.

If you have plantar warts in weight-bearing areas, they can lead to sharp, burning pain. You may experience discomfort while standing, walking, or putting on shoes.

How are foot warts treated?

The best foot wart treatment for your specific needs just depends on the severity of your wart breakout, your overall health, and how well you respond to therapy. No matter how minor or severe your case of foot warts may be, you can get relief at Premier Foot & Ankle Center. Some of the most effective solutions Dr. Gittens provides include:

  • Chemical ablation
  • Freezing (cryotherapy)
  • Laser removal
  • Topical salicylic acid
  • Electrodesiccation and curettage

Resolving foot warts and having a full recovery can require several treatments — the virus can be stubborn. Dr. Gittens monitors you closely and makes changes to your wart care plan as needed to fully resolve your condition.

Premier Foot & Ankle Center offers effective foot wart solutions for both children and adults. Book your wart treatment appointment by requesting an appointment online, or by calling the office.