Lloyd Podiatry Group, Inc.
Lawrence E. Lloyd, DPM, FACFAS
Board Certified Podiatrist located in Fishers, IN & Anderson, IN
Plantar warts tend to develop on weight-bearing areas of your feet, which is why they're known for causing pain with every step you take. As a board-certified podiatrist with extensive training in diagnosing and treating plantar warts, Lawrence E. Lloyd, DPM, FACFAS, of Lloyd Podiatry Group, Inc., can help you recover from stubborn wart outbreaks. Book your foot wart exam at the practice’s Anderson or Fishers, Indiana, clinic locations by clicking on the online scheduler or by calling either office directly.
Warts Q & A
How did I get plantar warts?
Plantar warts develop when human papillomavirus (HPV) enters your skin through a weakened spot, like a cut. Because HPV thrives in warm, dark, damp environments, if you walk barefoot through a gym locker room or even on a pool deck, you can come into contact with the virus.
Not everyone develops plantar warts after HPV enters their skin. Your chances of struggling with warts are higher because of:
- Weakened immune system
- Previous history of warts
- Sharing socks or shoes with someone who has a wart infection
While anyone can develop warts at any age, your risk is higher if you’re younger. Children and teenagers more commonly struggle with warts than adults.
What are the symptoms of plantar warts?
Even though they’re not really a serious health concern, warts can certainly be unsightly and embarrassing. Common signs and symptoms of foot warts include:
- Fleshy, rough growths
- Hardened calluses overgrowths
- Lesions with black pinpoint centers
- Pain when standing or walking on the warts
Plantar warts can be stubborn to treat — particularly in children — and can even spread to other areas of your body. If you start noticing warts developing, especially if you have a history of foot warts, schedule an exam at Lloyd Podiatry Group to get started on treatment right away.
Do I need to see a doctor for plantar warts?
Yes, not only to properly treat your current wart outbreak but also to prevent future issues. At Lloyd Podiatry Group, both children and adults can get effective treatment for minor to complex cases of foot warts. Your plantar wart treatment plan may include:
- Topical prescription-strength salicylic acid medication, monochloroacetic acid, cantharidin (“beetle juice”)
- Liquid nitrogen applications (cryotherapy)
- Laser ablation
- Immunotherapy drugs
For more stubborn warts, Dr. Lloyd could recommend a minor surgical procedure known as electrodesiccation and curettage. This in-office treatment involves numbing the area around your warts and using an electric needle to destroy and cut them away.
Schedule a plantar warts evaluation for you or your child at Lloyd Podiatry Group today. You can conveniently book your appointment online or over the phone.