Plantar Warts in Parker, Colorado
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What Are Plantar Warts?
Plantar warts are unsightly, but they’re also very common. It’s estimated that at any given time, 10% of Americans have plantar warts. At Colorado Foot + Ankle Sports Medicine in Parker, Colorado, podiatrists Kevin Blue, DPM, FACFAS, Ryan Muchowski, DPM, and the expert team provide safe, effective treatments for plantar warts, including removal. To request your consultation, call the office, or use the online booking tool today.
How Are Plantar Warts Treated?
Most plantar warts do not require treatment and will heal on their own. However, if you have a plantar wart that won't go away, is causing you pain, or spreads to other areas, treatment may be necessary. You may need cryotherapy or be prescribed a peeling medication, such as salicylic acid. If these treatments are ineffective or your plantar warts are recurrent, you may need a more advanced therapy, like laser treatment, immunotherapy, or even minor surgery, to remove them successfully.
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I got in quickly, started treatment, will have a followup. Easy ability to contact for information. My visit initiated with the doctor. In-office x-rays, specialization. All around foot care.
Everyone was great,Very professional. I was totally impressed with the DR.
I was thrilled that I was able to get into see Dr. Blue so quickly He was able to diagnose my condition immediately and explained what I needed to do to resolve my foot condition as well as how long it would take to be resolved. I was also able to discuss with Dr. Blue another issue that I have had with my foot as a result of a spinal issue. He was able to tell me what could be done if the condition got worse. I started my treatment right away will have a follow-up as recommended.
Super nice doctor. I was taken in on time, and got everything I needed done (and the list was long) in one main visit with one quick return visit. I highly recommend Dr. Muchowski!
Took time to listen to me. Great experience
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Eliminate Plantar Warts
Although most plantar warts will heal on their own, sometimes you may need the help of a skilled professional, like Dr. Kevin Blue, Dr. Ryan Muchowski, and Dr. William Farrett. They will inspect the area to determine if your plantar wart needs treatment, and if so, which treatment will be most effective. Contact Colorado Foot + Ankle Sports Medicine in Parker, Colorado to schedule an appointment to treat your plantar warts and learn how to reduce future outbreaks.
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Plantar Warts FAQs
What are plantar warts?
Plantar warts are small, fleshy growths that usually develop in weight-bearing areas like the heels and balls of your feet. They’re caused by a strain of the human papillomavirus (HPV) and are highly contagious.
Most plantar warts go away on their own, but if yours cause you pain or begin to affect your quality of life, don’t wait to seek medical help.
What are the symptoms of plantar warts?
Plantar warts vary in shape, size, and location. Common telltale signs of plantar warts include:
• A small, fleshy growth
• Hard, thickened skin
• Pain while walking or standing
• Tenderness while walking or standing
Most plantar warts also have a black dot or “seed” in the middle. This is a group of small, clotted vessels that provide the wart with blood.
Who is at risk of getting plantar warts?
Plantar warts affect people of all races and sexes, but certain things can increase your risk, including:
• Being a child or teenager
• Having a weakened immune system
• Having a history of plantar warts
You’re also more likely to get plantar warts if you walk barefoot in areas like public locker rooms and saunas, where the wart-causing virus is common.
Is there any way to prevent plantar warts?
Unfortunately, plantar warts can’t be prevented entirely. You can take some steps to lower your risk, though. The team at Colorado Foot + Ankle Sports Medicine recommends:
• Avoiding direct contact with warts
• Washing your hands regularly
• Keeping your feet clean and dry
If you have warts, you should avoid scratching or picking at them.
How are plantar warts diagnosed?
To diagnose plantar warts, the team at Colorado Foot + Ankle Sports Medicine examines the bottoms of your feet. They might also:
• Examine the lesion
• Trim the wart to find the “seed”
• Take a shave biopsy
These procedures can provide further information about the type of wart you have and lead to the treatment you’ll most benefit from.
How are plantar warts treated?
Plantar warts usually go away on their own without treatment. However, if your plantar warts start spreading or they cause you pain, the team at Colorado Foot + Ankle Sports Medicine can prescribe a peeling medication like salicylic acid or an in-office treatment with cryotherapy.
If your warts keep coming back, a more thorough treatment like immunotherapy, minor surgery, or laser treatment would be necessary.
To learn more about available treatments for plantar warts, make an appointment at Colorado Foot + Ankle Sports Medicine today by calling the office or using the online booking tool.