Warts on your feet can present far more than aesthetic concerns. Depending upon their location, they can also create a lot of discomfort. Armed with the latest laser technology, Steve Menna, DPM, and George Pace, DPM, at Manhattan Footcare in Brooklyn and the Midtown Manhattan region of New York City, can make short work of warts. To learn more, book an appointment online or over the phone today.
Warts are caused by a viral infection, namely the human papillomavirus. On your feet, the warts are known as plantar warts, and they typically show up on weight-bearing areas, such as at the base of your toes or on your heel.
While benign, these warts can cause a considerable amount of pain and discomfort depending on their location.
While warts can be fairly obvious, if they develop on your feet, they may lack the usual outward, bumpy, appearance. In these cases, calluses can develop along the bottoms of your feet, which may signal an inwardly growing wart.
If the warts grow on the outside, you’ll notice areas of bumpy flesh that have black spots at the center, which are clotted blood vessels called seeds.
If you notice any of these symptoms, you should see one of the podiatrists at Manhattan Footcare, because early intervention is key to clearing up the problem quickly. Left untreated, warts can spread around your feet and even travel to your hands.
Traditionally, warts are treated one of several ways:
While these methods can work, new laser treatments are highly effective at stopping the spread of the infection and eliminating the warts without breaking the surface of your skin. At Manhattan Footcare, the foot specialists use the Fotona® laser system, which goes deep into your tissues to cut off the blood supply to the wart, thus killing the infection.
With the system, your doctor can heat the full volume of the blood supply surrounding your wart, effectively killing it by destroying its supply lines. Typically, you’ll need 1-3 laser treatments to fully eradicate the infection. The treatment, which is performed at the office, only takes minutes.
Your warts should slowly deteriorate and fall off. This process may take a few weeks, but your reward at the end will be feet that are free from unsightly and uncomfortable warts.
To learn more about treating warts, call Manhattan Footcare or schedule an appointment using the online booking tool.