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Plantar Warts Specialist

Matthew F. Wachtler, DPM -  - Podiatrist

Cedar Grove Foot & Ankle Specialists

Matthew F. Wachtler, DPM

Podiatrist & Foot and Ankle Surgeon located in Cedar Grove, NJ

Plantar warts are a painful type of skin growth that appears on the bottom of your foot and can make it difficult to do everyday activities like walking and standing. At Cedar Grove Foot & Ankle Specialists, skilled podiatrist Matthew Wachtler, DPM, can help you get relief from your plantar warts. To learn more, call the office in Cedar Grove, New Jersey, or use the online booking tool today.

Plantar Warts Q&A

What are plantar warts?

Plantar warts are small pimple-like growths that appear on the bottom of your feet. They may appear individually or in clusters. Plantar warts are painful to the touch and can get in the way of walking, running, or even standing.

A sure sign that you have plantar warts is the appearance of one or several warts on your foot which have tiny black dots. Dr. Wachtler diagnoses plantar warts through a detailed, visual examination of the affected area.

What causes plantar warts?

Plantar warts are caused by a virus called human papillomavirus (HPV). You could have caught the virus from a cut or lesion on your foot, or from walking barefoot in a locker room or swimming pool.

While plantar warts can appear on anyone, they’re seen mostly in young children, teenagers, and older adults.

How are plantar warts treated?

Some plantar warts go away on their own, but others can get infected and become more painful if left untreated. If you notice that a wart has remained on your foot for more than a couple of days, book an appointment with Dr. Wachtler immediately. 

Cedar Grove Foot & Ankle Specialists offers multiple treatments for plantar warts and has resolved even the most stubborn warts, including those that have remained after prior treatment. 

Dr. Wachtler uses a variety of treatments to treat plantar warts, including:

  • Prescription-strength wart medications
  • Cryotherapy 
  • Immunotherapy
  • Minor surgery to cut away the wart
  • Laser treatment

Most removal treatments happen on the same day as your appointment, and Dr. Wachtler sends you home with after-care products to make sure your foot heals well.

How can I prevent getting plantar warts?

To prevent the recurrence of plantar warts, Dr. Wachtler recommends wearing flip-flops or shoes when outside and in locker rooms. During your appointment, he also gives you wart prevention advice specific to your lifestyle.

If pain and discomfort from plantar warts are interfering with your daily activities, don’t delay treatment. Call Cedar Grove Foot & Ankle Specialists or use the online booking tool to make an appointment today.