You may not notice a wart on the bottom of your foot because they tend to look like calluses. But plantar warts grow large and deep, eventually causing pain and limiting your ability to walk. The experienced podiatrists at MB Comprehensive Foot and Ankle Specialists offer the cutting-edge Swift® System wart treatment, which effectively eliminates warts using safe, controlled microwave energy. If you need treatment for a wart, call the office in Glendale or Palmdale, California, or book an appointment online today.
Warts are small, noncancerous growths caused by the human papillomavirus (HPV). Warts that appear on the bottom of your feet, called plantar warts, can appear as a single wart or several warts in a cluster.
Plantar warts are hard and flat, have a rough surface, and tend to look like a thickened area of gray or brown skin. They often look more like a callus than a wart. When plantar warts go untreated, they can grow to an inch or more in circumference.
The virus spreads by direct contact. Most people pick up HPV from moist surfaces, especially walking barefoot in locker rooms and around community pools.
Even after you pick up HPV, it can only cause a wart when it gets through a cut or sore in your skin. In many cases, your immune system fights off the virus. But if the virus takes hold, you end up with a wart.
Warts don’t usually cause symptoms, but plantar warts are different for two reasons. First, they often develop on pressure points like the heel and ball of your foot. As a result, they cause pain every time you take a step.
Secondly, plantar warts grow deep into your skin and get large, so they’re more likely to cause pain.
Warts may go away on their own, but that often takes a few months, so most people schedule an appointment to have their warts removed. It’s especially important to seek treatment if you have diabetes, the warts start to bleed, or you need to limit your activities due to the pain.
Traditionally, warts were removed by trimming them away, applying topical medications, or freezing the wart. The team at MB Comprehensive Foot and Ankle Specialists has a better solution: the Swift System.
Your provider uses a handheld applicator to send microwave energy directly into the wart. The energy reaches a precise depth, creating heat that triggers an immune response. Over the course of several treatments, the virus is cleared, and your wart gradually disappears.
Most people feel some warmth during their brief treatment session. However, you won’t need an anesthetic. After your treatment, your provider doesn’t even need to put a bandage over the area, and you can get back to your daily routine.
To learn more about Swift wart treatment, call MB Comprehensive Foot and Ankle Specialists, or book an appointment online today.