Plantar Warts

Plantar warts are a special type of wart that is most common among kids and teens. They start out as small lesions on the bottom of the foot that look a bit like a callus.

As the wart grows inward, you’ll start to notice black pinpoints on the surface, which are actually tiny drops of clotted blood.

Without treatment, these little warts will grow and keep growing, sometimes up to one inch in diameter.

Hands Off The Warts

They can also spread and multiply into a cluster of warts by scratching, touching and bleeding.

The bigger they get, the more uncomfortable or even painful they can become, particularly when standing or walking. Kids that are in sports have a particularly tough time with the pain from the warts.

Plantar Wart Causes

Plantar warts are caused by an invasion of the human papillomavirus (HPV), which creeps into the outer layer of skin on the soles of your feet through a cut, crack or scrape, or through waterlogged skin that has spent too much time in the pool. 

There are more than 100 types of HPV, but this isn’t the kind that causes problems elsewhere on the body. There are only a few types that cause warts on your feet.

We generally develop an immunity to this strain of HPV somewhere between the late teen years and early adulthood.  Kids and teens are most susceptible, but that’s not to say that adults can’t get plantar warts, too.

Plantar Wart Treatments

The virus loves warm and moist environments like,

  • Public or indoor pools
  • Locker rooms
  • Shower floors and bathtubs
  • In fact, it’s been known to live on surfaces for up to six months, just waiting for another foot to come along.

If you or your child has warts on the bottom of your feet, call our office for an appointment. We recommend that you don’t try to treat them with over-the-counter kits, which can be expensive, ineffective and can damage useful skin cells.

When you come for your appointment, we’ll carefully evaluate your feet to make sure that you do have plantar warts.  If there are only one or two small warts, we can usually remove them with a bit of scraping.

If there is a cluster of warts or they are large in size, we can use a combination of topical, oral medications and laser therapy, along with scraping.

The scraping is done in the office and doesn’t hurt. Sometimes it takes a few visits to get rid of plantar warts entirely, but it’s well worth the time to have clean and healthy feet.

Plantar Wart Tips
  • Wear flip flops around the pool deck and in locker rooms and showers.
  • If you or someone in your family has had plantar warts, clean all of their shoes with Lysol and disinfect showers, bathtubs and pool decks.
  • Check your kids’ feet frequently for signs of a lesion.

If you are experiencing foot pain, call our office or make an online appointment

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Staff was extremely friendly and professional. They took us back immediately and no waiting for doctor to come in. Dr Settles-Carter was amazing with my little girl. She took her time and explained every detail to my daughter. As we were leaving my little girl said Dr Settles-Carter was the best doctor ever. Coming from a 10yr old.

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It took some work, and patience, but my feet are much better now. Dr. Freels worked with me to find exercises, and more importantly, the right shoe to wear. So nice not to dread going into work, for the pain of simply walking. Despite what another review here says, they've never tried to sell me any shoes there, have always left the choice up to me.

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The staff was very courteous. However, the care provided by Dr. Carter and the staff in the back was exceptional! I finally had answers for my health concerns and issues and a course or plan of treatment including the costs of the services they provide. I especially liked the hours of operation...I can see a doctor for the treatment I need without having to use my personal and sick days! Love the flexibility. Lastly, the ambiance esthetics were relaxing and beautiful.

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The entire staff at Lexington Podiatry was very welcoming and friendly. Jill went out of her way to make sure my daughter was taken care of. We appreciate being seen so quickly (it would have taken weeks to have seen an orthopedist for her foot injury). Now, she is on the road to recovery! Great office, thanks everyone!

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Had a great experience! Everyone was very nice, it was clean, the doctor took time to listen to me. She showed me my x-rays and explained them to me. I would recommend them to family and friends.

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