Plantar Warts Unveiled: What They Are and How to Vanquish Them!

by | Nov 15, 2023

Did you know that 10% of the population gets plantar warts??? And that number can go up to 20% if you are a child or teenager!

Plantar warts enter the outer layer of skin through a small cut or scrape, which allows the wart virus to enter. They then form a wart that hides from your body in the outer layer of your skin.

Plantar warts are especially pesky to treat because the skin on the bottom of the foot is thicker than other areas.

But don’t worry…. we have got you covered!

Plantar Wart Treatment Options

Here are some of the common ways we treat plantar warts at Northeast Foot and Ankle: 

1. Laser therapy: Laser therapy utilizes heat to target and eliminate plantar warts, providing a precise and effective treatment option for patients seeking quick relief from stubborn warts.
2. Topical medications: Topical medications, particularly salicylic acid solutions, are often recommended for younger patients as they effectively penetrate the skin to dissolve plantar warts, promoting gradual healing and symptom relief.
3. Excision: Excision involves the complete removal of the plantar wart under local anesthesia, ensuring thorough eradication of the virus and minimizing the risk of recurrence for patients seeking a definitive treatment solution.
4. Swift therapy: Swift therapy utilizes microwave technology to deliver targeted energy to the affected area, stimulating the body’s immune response to rapidly eliminate plantar warts, offering patients a swift and efficient treatment option with minimal discomfort and downtime.

Swift therapy is our newest technology in combating plantar warts and we are LOVING the results! Swift uses a microwave energy to create an immune response in your body to combat the virus. This means that there is only a 1% chance of getting a wart again when using Swift! That is right, only 1%. This is great because warts frequently recur—and this helps you build immunity.

In conclusion, plantar warts can be pesky and persistent, but with the right treatment approach, relief is within reach. Whether opting for laser therapy, topical medications, excision, or Swift therapy, our podiatry clinic is dedicated to providing comprehensive care tailored to your needs. Don’t let plantar warts hold you back – take the first step towards healthier, happier feet today!