Warts Specialist

Gelbmann Podiatry  -  - Podiatry

Gelbmann Podiatry

Podiatry & Board Certified Orthopedic Surgeon, Foot & Ankle Surgeon, & Orthopedic Trauma located in Near Southside & West Town, Chicago, IL

Although typically harmless, warts are an unsightly condition that can take up to two years to clear up on their own. If you’re looking for a quicker solution to your warts, book an appointment with David Gelbmann, DPM, and Ramsha Tanwir, DPM, at Gelbmann Podiatry in the Near Southside and West Town neighborhoods of Chicago, Illinois. The practice offers a wide range of podiatric services and provides safe and effective treatment for patients of all ages. To speak with a doctor about treating your warts, call one of the offices, or schedule an appointment online today.

Warts Q & A

What are warts?

Warts are hard, grainy growths that commonly develop on the hands and feet. 

Plantar warts are a common type of wart that grows on the bottoms of the feet, typically in areas where your feet absorb the most pressure. They are caused by a certain type of human papillomavirus (HPV) that enters the body through small cracks and breaks in the foot.

While most warts are visible and grow outwards, warts in high-pressure areas may grow inward beneath a callus. 

There are two common types of warts: solitary warts and mosaic warts. A solitary wart refers to a single wart that may increase in size while a mosaic wart refers to clusters of multiple warts that develop in one area. 

Although warts aren’t typically a serious problem, they can take a long time to clear up independently. Some people experience painful warts that can interfere with the way they walk, run, and stand. Treating your warts offers faster relief and helps you avoid painful complications. 

What are the symptoms of warts?

Symptoms of warts include:

  • Rough, fleshy growths
  • Tenderness
  • Pain when walking or standing
  • Hard, thickened skin
  • Clotted blood vessels (black pinpoints)

If you experience painful plantar warts or other warts that don’t seem to go away, schedule a visit at Gelbmann Podiatry. Plantar warts can be difficult to treat on your own and can easily spread to other areas of your feet and hands. 

Who gets warts?

Although warts can affect anyone, they are common in children and people with weakened immune systems. 

The virus that causes warts thrives in damp, warm environments such as public swimming pools, locker rooms, and saunas. Many people contract plantar warts from walking barefoot on contaminated surfaces. 

If you notice warts on your feet, the specialists at Gelbmann Podiatry can determine the right treatment for you. 

How are warts treated?

Treatment for your warts depends on the severity of your condition. If your issue hasn’t improved with at-home care, your podiatrist may recommend:

Prescription-strength wart medication

  • Immune therapy
  • Cryotherapy 
  • Laser treatment

If your condition doesn’t respond to more conservative treatments, your podiatrist may perform a simple procedure to remove the wart from your foot. During your appointment, you and your podiatrist discuss the best treatment for your warts.

To determine which treatment is right for you, book an appointment at Gelbmann Podiatry by phone or schedule online today.