Plantar Warts Specialist

Family Podiatry

Neil B Levin, DPM

Podiatrist & Foot and Ankle Surgeon located in Sycamore, IL

Plantar warts are a common type of skin infection that frequently affects the bottoms of the feet. At Family Podiatry in Sycamore, Illinois, experienced podiatrist Neil Levin, DPM, and the team offer safe and effective treatment for plantar warts using conservative methods. Family Podiatry provides high-quality foot and ankle care for patients of all ages. To speak with Dr. Levin about treating your plantar warts, book an appointment by phone or online today.

Plantar Warts Q & A

What causes plantar warts?

Plantar warts are a common type of skin growth that develops on the bottoms of your feet. They look like small, rough patches of skin that sometimes have small black pinpoints. 

Plantar warts are caused by certain strains of human papillomavirus (HPV) that can enter through tiny cuts and breaks in your skin. Of the more than 100 types of HPV, only a few are known to cause plantar warts. 

The strains of HPV that cause plantar warts are found in warm, moist environments. Many people get plantar warts from walking barefoot in communal areas like swimming pools, gyms, and locker rooms. 

Although anyone can get plantar warts, children, teenagers, and people with weakened immune systems are most commonly affected. Children and teenagers spend more time in public pools and locker rooms, which increases their risks. 

When should I see a doctor about plantar warts?

Although plantar warts are typically harmless, you can experience pain and tenderness. Walking puts pressure on the plantar warts, which can lead to discomfort. Plantar warts are also quite difficult to treat on your own and they often recur. 

If you suffer from painful plantar warts or warts that don’t seem to respond to at-home care, book an appointment at Family Podiatry. Dr. Levin can provide you with the right treatment to effectively rid you of warts. 

If you have diabetes, plantar warts can significantly threaten your foot health, so you should seek medical care as soon as possible. Family Podiatry offers diabetic foot care.

How does a podiatrist treat plantar warts?

Dr. Levin uses a number of safe, noninvasive treatments for plantar warts. Depending on your needs, treatment may include:

  • Prescription-strength wart medications
  • Cryotherapy (freezing the wart off)
  • Immunotherapy
  • Laser treatment

Dr. Levin also offers a minor, in-office procedure to remove plantar warts, During the procedure, he cuts the wart and destroys it using an electric needle. 

Family Podiatry is committed to providing high-quality foot and ankle care and works with you to find the right treatment for your condition. To find out which treatment is right for you, call the office or book your appointment online today.