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Warts Specialist

Miklos Foot and Ankle Specialists

Podiatrists located in Garfield Ridge, Chicago, IL

Foot warts, medically known as plantar warts, can cause agonizing stabbing pains with each step you take. Whether you have a single wart or a cluster of warts, you can get fast and effective relief at Miklos Foot and Ankle Specialists in the Garfield Ridge neighborhood of Chicago. The team of board-certified podiatrists recommends scheduling a wart evaluation as soon as you notice any signs of warts. You can conveniently book your wart exam online or over the phone.

Warts Q & A

What are the symptoms of warts?

Foot warts can be either solitary or mosaic (cluster of warts). In either case, the tell-tale sign of a wart is the blackened pinpoint center. This is the result of a tiny clotted blood vessel inside. If you continue walking on warts, they’re forced to start growing inward, and you may develop calluses over them.  

The more and more your warts progress, the more likely you are to feel pain. You might start experiencing burning or stabbing pains with each step you take.

When should I see a podiatrist for warts?

Even though warts aren’t typically a medical concern, it’s important to seek medical attention if you have a wart outbreak. Not only can they continue to worsen or spread to other parts of your body, but you can also spread warts to others. You should schedule a wart evaluation at Miklos Foot and Ankle Specialists if your warts are:

  • Starting to bleed
  • Changing in color or shape
  • Causing numbness
  • Making you feel self-conscious
  • Keeping you from wearing certain shoes
  • Preventing you from participating in enjoyable activities

It’s particularly important to book a wart exam if you have a weakened immune system, diabetes, or poor circulation since your body can’t heal very quickly and you have an increased risk of infection.

How are warts treated?

Because foot warts can be stubborn to treat, the podiatry team at Miklos Foot and Ankle Specialists can provide any of the following therapies:

  • Prescription-strength topical salicylic acid ointments
  • Freezing liquid nitrogen medicine, or cryotherapy
  • Surgical excision or laser removal

Since warts are caused by a viral infection — human papillomavirus (HPV) — your dedicated podiatrist might also recommend starting immune therapy. This type of wart treatment involves prescribing medications to stimulate your body’s immune system in an effort to fight viral wart infections. The podiatry team at Miklos Foot and Ankle Specialists works to find the best possible wart treatment for your specific needs.

Get relief from your wart outbreak by scheduling an exam at Miklos Foot and Ankle Specialists today. Click the online scheduler, or call the office to speak with a team member.

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