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Treating Plantar Warts

There are many types of foot conditions that primarily impact children. Among them is plantar warts, which primarily targets children. It is estimated that approximately 20% of children that are between the ages of 4 and 12 years old exhibit plantar warts. If your child has plantar warts, you might consider taking them to a podiatrist who will be able to determine how to address the problem. It is possible that the podiatrist might recommend any number of treatment options. For example, there are several treatments available for plantar warts that contain salicylic acid agents. Importantly, it is thought that salicylic acid is generally helpful in mitigating or treating plantar warts. Additionally, liquid nitrogen and dimethyl ether are thought to be other helpful substances for treating plantar warts. If your child has plantar warts, it is suggested that you schedule an appointment with a podiatrist today.

Plantar warts can be very uncomfortable. If you need your feet checked, contact one of our podiatrists from Houston Foot and Ankle Care. Our doctors will assist you with all of your foot and ankle needs.

About Plantar Warts

Plantar warts are the result of HPV, or human papillomavirus, getting into open wounds on the feet. They are mostly found on the heels or balls of the feet.

While plantar warts are generally harmless, those experiencing excessive pain or those suffering from diabetes or a compromised immune system require immediate medical care. Plantar warts are easily diagnosed, usually through scraping off a bit of rough skin or by getting a biopsy.


  • Lesions on the bottom of your feet, usually rough and grainy
  • Hard or thick callused spots
  • Wart seeds, which are small clotted blood vessels that look like little black spots
  • Pain, discomfort, or tenderness of your feet when walking or standing


  • Freezing
  • Electric tool removal
  • Laser Treatment
  • Topical Creams (prescription only)
  • Over-the-counter medications

To help prevent developing plantar warts, avoid walking barefoot over abrasive surfaces that can cause cuts or wounds for HPV to get into. Avoiding direct contact with other warts, as well as not picking or rubbing existing warts, can help prevent the further spread of plantar warts. However, if you think you have developed plantar warts, speak to your podiatrist. He or she can diagnose the warts on your feet and recommend the appropriate treatment options.

If you have any questions please feel free to contact our offices located in Inner Loop, Southwest, Greater Heights, and Pearland, TX . We offer the newest diagnostic and treatment technologies for all your foot and ankle needs.

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