Plantar Warts Specialist

Blackstone Valley Foot and Ankle

Podiatrists located in Pawtucket, RI

Plantar warts (foot warts) can be painful and affect your self-esteem, which is why you should start an effective clinical-grade treatment before they spread. As a top board-certified podiatrist, Joseph K. Domenico, DPM, of Blackstone Valley Foot and Ankle can help. Dr. Domenico and his Pawtucket, Rhode Island, team offer plenty of effective wart solutions. Get started on your plantar wart treatment by booking an evaluation online or over the phone.

Plantar Warts Q & A

What causes plantar warts?

Most cases of plantar warts develop because of exposure to a viral infection, particularly human papillomavirus (HPV). You can come into contact with this viral strain when you:

  • Walk barefoot in a communal showering area
  • Walk barefoot near a pool deck
  • Share shoes or socks with someone who has plantar warts

Not everyone who comes into contact with the virus develops plantar warts; it just depends on your immune system. The infection thrives in warm, dark, moist environments, which is why your feet are the perfect breeding ground. Therefore, it’s important to wash your feet and between your toes regularly.

How do I know if I have plantar warts?

Plantar warts are unsightly, hard, flat, and rough bumps that usually develop on weight-bearing areas, such as the ball or heel of your foot. Warts can be fleshy colored, or they can become gray or brown. You can have just one or two warts, or even a cluster of them.

Plantar warts are also known for having a dark pinpoint in the center. This is due to bleeding inside the wart and helps Dr. Domenico distinguish warts from similar conditions, such as corns.

Even though foot warts are generally harmless, if left untreated, they can become irritated and painful. Plus, since they’re contagious, you can continue getting them or worse, spread them to someone else.

What is the treatment for plantar warts?

You have plenty of plantar wart treatment options available at Blackstone Valley Foot and Ankle. Dr. Domenico evaluates your warts to determine the cause, so he can put together your care plan. Treating plantar warts may include:

  • Antiviral creams or ointments
  • Oral antiviral medications
  • Surgical removal (debridement)
  • Laser treatment with a carbon dioxide (CO2) system

Once your current plantar wart outbreak is under control, Dr. Domenico counsels you on how to prevent future flare-ups. For instance, wearing flip-flops in moist, communal areas, such as the gym locker room, can drastically lower your risk of having plantar warts again.

Schedule your plantar warts exam at Blackstone Valley Foot and Ankle today. You can either request an appointment online or call the clinic directly.