To diagnose a plantar wart, the Podiatrist will examine the patient’s foot and look for signs and symptoms of a wart.
Although plantar warts may eventually clear up on their own, most patients desire faster relief. The goal of treatment is to completely remove the wart.
The podiatrist may use topical or oral treatments, laser therapy, cryotherapy (freezing), acid treatments, or surgery to remove the wart.
Regardless of the treatment approaches undertaken, it is important that the patient follow the podiatrist’s instructions, including all home care and medication that has been prescribed, as well as follow-up visits with the podiatrist. Warts may return, requiring further treatment.
If there is no response to treatment, further diagnostic evaluation may be necessary. In such cases, the Podiatrist can perform a biopsy to rule out other potential causes for the growth.
Although there are many folk remedies for warts, patients should be aware that these remain unproven and may be dangerous. Patients should never try to remove warts themselves. This can do more harm than good.
NOFA Clinic uses both the Cryoprobe for Cryosurgery (freezing) and the Cutera Gensisplus Laser for laser surgery. The Cryoprobe and Genesisplus treat skin lesion and warts painlessly and effectively usually in just one visit.