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