baby-toesPlantar warts can be avoided by taking care of your feet. Avoid walking barefoot in common areas at the spa or fitness gym. Keep feet clean and dry which will mean you are frequently checking your feet, so you will notice issues like plantar wart or other growths.

Forming on the bottom or sole (plantar) of victims’ feet, the first announcement of a plantar wart is foot pain and a feeling of a bump when that foot has stepping pressure. That bump has been described as “having a piece of gravel in your sock.”

When people check feet often, the wart may be noticed earlier as a small black dot. After the painful ‘bump’ makes its presence known, leg or back pain may result from standing and walking off balance to avoid discomfort.

Now is the time to call your podiatrist, because the painful ‘bump’ is, if a plantar wart, is contagious to others and can spread further on your foot. The ‘bump’ could also be something else. It might be a simple callus or corn or a mole. The podiatrist can determine if the ‘bump’ is even more dangerous as a malignant growth such as carcinoma or melanoma.

Your podiatrist is trained to recognize every form that a painful ‘bump’ on your foot and develop a plan of treatment.

The video shows how we, at Hoosier Foot and Ankle, can use the CoolBreeze™ laser to treat a plantar wart without permanent scar tissue. The video was made at a follow-up treatment; some of the excess wart tissue was ready to remove before reapplying the laser treatment.

You can call 317-660-2115 to make an appointment for analysis of that irksome and painful ‘bump’ on your foot. Or you can use the online appointment request option available 24/7 for your convenience. We have five clinics available in the Indianapolis area to serve you better.