Although warts may be painful, they are harmless. Warts are caused by a viral infection which penetrates the skin through tiny or “invisible” cuts/abrasions. If left untreated, warts can grow as large as an inch or more in circumference and even spread out into smaller clusters.
Warts can appear anywhere on the foot and toes and appear as fleshy, grey, or brown raised bumps.
Warts are spread through touching, scratching, blood from an irritated wart, and even by contact with skin shed from another wart.
To avoid and prevent the spread of warts, avoid direct contact with any wart (even your own wart on different parts of your body), avoid walking barefoot, change your shoes and socks daily, and keep your feet clean and dry.
Warts can be very resistant to treatment and have a tendency to recur. Over-the-counter foot wart treatments are very often ineffective, destroying surrounding tissue and leaving the wart(s) intact.
Our treatments include prescription ointments, medications, and laser cautery for severe cases.
For more information on warts or to schedule an appointment, don’t hesitate to contact us today at (630) 990-9500 (Villa Park) or (847) 294-9600 (Des Plaines)!