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What Is Cryotherapy for Foot Warts?

Monday, 26 April 2021 00:00

Warts that pop up on the bottom of the feet are known as plantar warts. One of many potential treatments for this condition is cryotherapy, in which the wart is frozen using liquid nitrogen. During this procedure, your doctor may first trim the wart. Sometimes, a local anesthetic may be injected into the area to reduce pain. Then, the doctor applies liquid nitrogen to the wart using a probe, cotton swab, or by spraying it directly onto the wart. Most warts require one to four cryotherapy treatments, with up to three weeks between treatments, to get full results. The area usually heals within one to two weeks with minimal or no scarring. If you suffer from plantar warts, it is suggested that you see a podiatrist to discuss treatment options.

Plantar warts can be very uncomfortable. If you need your feet checked, contact Dr. Eugenio Rivera from Calo Foot & Ankle Specialists. Our doctor will assist you with all of your foot and ankle needs.

About Plantar Warts

Plantar warts are the result of HPV, or human papillomavirus, getting into open wounds on the feet. They are mostly found on the heels or balls of the feet.

While plantar warts are generally harmless, those experiencing excessive pain or those suffering from diabetes or a compromised immune system require immediate medical care. Plantar warts are easily diagnosed, usually through scraping off a bit of rough skin or by getting a biopsy.

Symptoms

  • Lesions on the bottom of your feet, usually rough and grainy
  • Hard or thick callused spots
  • Wart seeds, which are small clotted blood vessels that look like little black spots
  • Pain, discomfort, or tenderness of your feet when walking or standing

Treatment

  • Freezing
  • Electric tool removal
  • Laser Treatment
  • Topical Creams (prescription only)
  • Over-the-counter medications

To help prevent developing plantar warts, avoid walking barefoot over abrasive surfaces that can cause cuts or wounds for HPV to get into. Avoiding direct contact with other warts, as well as not picking or rubbing existing warts, can help prevent the further spread of plantar warts. However, if you think you have developed plantar warts, speak to your podiatrist. He or she can diagnose the warts on your feet and recommend the appropriate treatment options.

If you have any questions please feel free to contact our office located in Bellaire, TX . We offer the newest diagnostic and treatment technologies for all your foot and ankle needs.

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