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Warts services offered in Columbus, GA

Many people experience warts on the weight-bearing areas of their feet. Though irritating and painful, several outpatient treatments can provide lasting relief. At Columbus Foot & Ankle, P.C., Troy Espiritu, DPM, FACFAS, Nicholas Smith, DPM, MS, FACFAS, and the team boast years of experience diagnosing and treating warts. To make an appointment in Columbus, Georgia, call the office or book online today.

Warts Q & A

Will I know if I have warts?

Warts are rough, skin-colored growths that develop on the heels or balls of your feet. They look similar to a corn or a callus but are sensitive to touch. Warts are caused by the human papillomavirus (HPV), which enters your body through cuts or weak spots in your skin.

What are the symptoms of warts?

Symptoms of warts include:

  • A small, tough growth on the bottom of your foot
  • A hardened piece of skin that’s sensitive to touch
  • Pain or tenderness when standing or walking
  • A lesion with a black spot in the middle

If you experience any of these symptoms and they affect your ability to work or exercise, contact the team at Columbus Foot & Ankle, P.C., right away.

When do warts require treatment?

Contact the team at Columbus Foot & Ankle, P.C. if you experience:

  • A lesion that bleeds or changes color
  • Discomfort that interferes with daily activities
  • Foot pain that doesn’t improve with at-home treatment
  • Signs of infection

You should also make an appointment with the team at Columbus Foot & Ankle, P.C. if you have diabetes or another underlying medical condition that affects blood flow to your feet.

Do warts increase my risk of other medical issues?

Yes. Without intervention and treatment, warts can affect your posture and gait. Over time, these changes may impact the way you stand or walk, increasing your risk of more serious musculoskeletal issues.

How are warts diagnosed?

To diagnose a wart, your provider at Columbus Foot & Ankle, P.C. asks you to take off your shoes and socks and examines your feet. During the exam, they carefully press on the lesion to see if it's sensitive to the touch. They might also remove a small piece of the growth and send it to a laboratory for analysis.

How are warts treated?

At Columbus Foot & Ankle, P.C., the team treats warts during a quick outpatient procedure. Depending on the size and location of the wart, they might recommend:

Salicylic acid

Salicylic acid is a prescription-strength medication that your podiatrist gently applies to your wart. The medication causes your skin to peel away, one layer at a time.


If you have several warts, your provider might recommend cryotherapy. During cryotherapy, your provider uses liquid nitrogen to freeze the wart. Freezing the wart kills it and clears up your skin.  

To explore the different treatment options for warts, make an appointment at Columbus Foot & Ankle, P.C. by calling the office or scheduling online today.