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Warts Specialist

American Surgeons Group

Podiatrists located in Homewood, Mokena, & South Chicago Heights, IL

Warts on the bottom of your feet usually don’t cause serious problems, but they can be painful enough to keep you from enjoying your favorite activities. Board-certified podiatrists Timothy Horak, DPM, and Julia Shauger, DPM, safely remove plantar warts at American Surgeons Group in Homewood, South Chicago Heights, and Mokena, Illinois. If plantar warts are interfering with your daily life, call or book an appointment online.

Warts Q & A

What are plantar warts?

Plantar warts are growths that occur on the bottoms of your feet. They’re extremely common, affecting almost everyone at some point in their lives. Warts are a virus and may spread through direct physical contact with a wart.

Most warts aren’t a serious health concern and go away on their own. However, warts that cause pain while walking or don’t improve with home treatment may require medical care. Anyone with diabetes or a weakened immune system should also seek medical treatment for plantar warts.

Dr. Horak and Dr. Shauger can safely and effectively remove warts from the bottoms of your feet so you can get back to your favorite activities.

What are the symptoms of plantar warts?

Common signs and symptoms of plantar warts include:

  • Small, rough bumps on the bottom of your foot
  • Thickened skin over a spot where the wart has grown inward
  • Black pinpoints located within the wart
  • Foot pain while walking or standing

If you’re not sure whether the growth on your foot is a wart, the team at American Surgeons Group can provide accurate diagnosis and treatment.

What causes plantar warts?

Warts result from an infection with the human papillomavirus (HPV). There are over 100 different strains of HPV, but only some cause plantar warts. The virus enters your body through microtears in the skin on the soles of your feet.

Walking barefoot, especially in warm, moist places like a public swimming pool or locker room at a gym, increases your risk of getting plantar warts. 

How do you prevent plantar warts?

You can take certain actions to reduce your risk of developing plantar warts, such as:

  • Avoid touching warts, including your own
  • Keep your feet clean and dry
  • Avoid walking barefoot at pools and gyms
  • Don’t pick at or scratch warts

More warts may appear if the virus spreads from the initial site of infection.

How do you treat plantar warts?

Dr. Horak and Dr. Shauger develop a customized plan for wart removal based on your specific needs. This may include medicine injections or laser treatments to destroy the wart. Depending on your condition, you may need several treatments before the wart dies and falls off.

To learn more about your options for wart treatment, call or book an appointment online today.