Wart Treatment

What are Warts?

Warts are small, benign growths on the skin caused by the human papillomavirus (HPV). They can appear anywhere on the body, but when they develop on the feet, they are known as plantar warts. These warts can be painful and may cause discomfort, especially when walking or standing.

What are Common Symptoms of Warts?

  • Small, grainy growths on the skin
  • Rough, thickened skin
  • Black pinpoints (small, clotted blood vessels)
  • Pain or tenderness when walking or standing
  • Warts growing inward due to pressure


Warts are caused by the human papillomavirus (HPV), which enters the skin through tiny cuts or abrasions. The virus thrives in warm, moist environments, such as locker rooms and swimming pools, and can be spread through direct contact with a wart or contact with surfaces that have been in contact with the virus.

  • Over-the-counter treatments: Salicylic acid preparations can help remove warts over time.
  • Cryotherapy: Freezing the wart with liquid nitrogen, causing it to fall off.
  • Cantharidin: A topical treatment that causes the wart to blister and peel off.
  • Laser treatment: Using a laser to destroy the wart tissue.
  • Minor surgery: Cutting away the wart or using an electric needle to destroy it.
  • Immunotherapy: Using medications or solutions to stimulate the immune system to fight the wart.
  • Swift Therapy: A cutting-edge treatment that uses microwave energy to target and destroy the wart tissue. This therapy is quick, effective, and minimally invasive, often requiring fewer sessions compared to traditional methods.

While warts themselves are generally harmless, they can cause discomfort and pain, especially if located on weight-bearing areas of the foot. In some cases, warts can spread or recur even after treatment. Proper care and treatment can help prevent complications and recurrence.

You should see a podiatrist if your warts are painful, persistent, or spreading despite home treatment. Additionally, seek professional care if you have diabetes or a weakened immune system, as warts can lead to more serious complications. A podiatrist can recommend the most effective treatment plan for your specific situation.