Painful Growths on the Bottom of Your Feet May Be Plantar Warts

Have you seen a small, grainy growth on the bottom of your foot or the foot of your child? This spot can be painful when standing on it.

You may have a plantar wart. These growths appear on the heel or ball of the foot and, because these parts of the feet receive a lot of pressure, the warts grow inward. Sometimes they are covered by a callus that appears on the surface of the skin.

Plantar warts are caused by a virus that gains access to the body through a cut on the bottom of the foot or through a weak area of skin. This virus is contagious and can be picked up by being barefoot in places like public pools, locker rooms and showers. Those with weakened immune systems are prone to getting this virus as are teenagers and children.

Treating Plantar Warts

Sometimes plantar warts go away by themselves, although it may take some time – even a year or two. There are home remedies and non-prescription treatments available but these are usually not effective and the wart will return.

If you have a painful plantar wart that does not go away, contact Stavros O. Alexopoulos, DPM for assistance. Our treatments include:

Sometimes a combination of treatments works best, such as freezing the wart and then following up with salicylic acid applications.

Take Precautions to Avoid Plantar Warts

Visit Us To Eliminate Plantar Warts

Don’t rely on over-the-counter products that usually allow plantar warts to recur. Come see Dr. Alexopoulos, board certified podiatrist for a thorough foot examination and effective treatment. You can reach our Chicago office at 773-561-8100 or request an appointment via the website. You need expert help to permanently rid your feet of painful plantar warts – call us today.

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Stavros Alexopoulos One of Chicago’s top podiatrists, Stavros Alexopoulos, DPM, treats routine to complex foot and ankle issues. Dr. Alexopoulos is currently accepting new patients at My Chicago Foot Expert located near Ravenswood, North Park, and Jefferson Park.

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