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Warts

Podiatry, Foot & Ankle Surgeon and Wound Care Specialist located in Watauga, TX

Warts
Warts services offered in Watauga, TX

If you experience discomfort or pain from a wart, Daniel Cairns, DPM, at Toe-Tal Foot & Ankle Care, can help. At his office in Watauga, Texas, Dr. Cairns offers expert evaluations of foot warts and other abnormal skin growths. To relieve pain and protect the health of your skin, he uses the latest wart removal treatments. To receive wart treatment, call the office or schedule an appointment online today.  

Warts Q & A

What are warts?

Warts are noncancerous skin growths that result from exposure to the human papillomavirus (HPV). While they can occur in adults, warts are especially common in children and are contagious.

Generally, warts aren’t painful, but they may become bothersome if they grow on certain areas of your body, especially on the feet, knees, or areas where friction is common.

What are the symptoms of warts?

The symptoms of warts depend on the type of wart you have. Foot warts, also known as plantar warts, develop on the soles of the feet and may have black spots at their center, which are clotted vessels that supply blood to the wart. This type of wart can be a single growth or develop in a cluster.

Other signs to be watchful of include:

  • Pain and tenderness when walking or standing
  • Small, hard growths on the bottom of your foot
  • A growth that’s painful or bleeding
  • Growths that interfere with your ability to do daily activities

You should visit Toe-Tal Foot & Ankle Care even if you aren’t worried about a foot wart. Dr. Cairns can take a biopsy sample, ensuring that it’s not something more serious.

Who is at risk of having warts?

Warts can affect people of all ages and backgrounds, but several factors might increase your risk of developing warts:

  • Walking barefoot in public areas, such as a sauna or locker room
  • Sharing shoes with others
  • Having a weak immune system
  • Being a child or teenager

If you have an abnormal growth on your toe or the bottom of your foot, it’s important not to scratch or pick at it because it may cause warts to develop on other parts of your body.

What type of wart treatment might I receive?

At Toe-Tal Foot & Ankle Care, Dr. Cairns can diagnose plantar warts during a comprehensive foot exam, which includes a review of your medical history and lifestyle. He can then develop an effective wart treatment plan in the office.

Not all warts will need treatment. Some warts go away on their own without medical intervention. However, if you have foot warts that are bothersome or painful, Dr. Cairns offers several in-office wart treatments.

An application of salicylic acid can soften the wart to make it easier to remove during a minor procedure. If you have recurrent warts that are difficult to treat, he may recommend cryotherapy. This treatment uses freezing technology to destroy the wart for good.

If you need an evaluation for unusual skin growths or you have a painful wart and need treatment, call Toe-Tal Foot & Ankle Care or schedule an appointment online today.

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