Warts are incredibly common, but when they occur on the soles of your feet, they can be a painful experience. For men and women in and around Shenandoah, Texas, wart removal is possible through the care of David Jenson, DPM, of Jenson Foot and Ankle Specialists. If you’re ready to pursue professional wart treatment, book a visit with Dr. Jenson today. Online scheduling is one option, or you can call to speak with a member of the office staff.
Warts are abnormal arrangements of skin cells. They’re caused by a virus called human papillomavirus, which is very easy to transmit from one person to another. Written and archaeological records suggest that warts have been around for thousands of years.
Warts that develop on the soles of your feet are called plantar warts. While warts aren’t dangerous to your overall health, they can be aesthetically displeasing. They can also be painful.
Most warts grow outward, away from the surface of your skin. They look like lumps or bumps, and can occur alone or in clusters. Plantar warts are different because they grow inward, into the deeper layers of your skin. They sometimes look like a hole in the bottom of your foot surrounded by a ring of thickened skin.
If you have one or more plantar warts, you have a viral infection. That means you can spread the virus to others through simple skin-to-skin contact. You can pick up this type of virus by sharing personal items like razors and towels. It’s even possible to spread warts from one area of your body to another with your own touch.
It may be tempting to try and remove a plantar wart yourself by cutting or scraping away the surrounding tissue. This will not be effective, and may cause even more warts to develop in the surrounding area.
Dr. Jenson can remove most warts using a combination of topical acid and debridement. This treatment begins with applying a thin layer of acid to break down the abnormal tissue. Next, the damaged tissue is carefully cut away until a layer of fresh, unaffected skin cells is revealed.
Cryotherapy is another option for removing warts. This approach works by subjecting warts to an extremely low temperature to kill the targeted tissue. A blister forms and the dead cells are eventually sloughed off.
Surgical excision can remove stubborn or larger warts. Dr. Jenson numbs the treatment area before carefully cutting away the abnormal tissue. Laser therapy is also an effective treatment path, and works by using concentrated beams of light to excise and vaporize warts.
To learn more about wart removal options, book a personalized consultation today, online or by phone. You’ll receive all the details needed to make an informed decision about your care.