Center for Foot and Ankle Excellence
Kenneth J. D'Ortone, DPM, FACFAS
Podiatrist located in Art Museum, Philadelphia, PA
Warts are unsightly, can be embarrassing, and are also difficult to remove if they’ve been in place for a long time. Kenneth J. D’Ortone, DPM, in Philadelphia has the skill and experience to treat any troublesome plantar warts you have. To learn more about effective wart treatment, call the Center for Foot and Ankle Excellence or schedule an appointment online today.
Wart Treatment Q & A
What are warts?
Warts are an infection in the top layer of skin. The infection causes the skin to raise and form a bump. Warts can grow in size but often remain smaller than the head of a thumbtack.
While the small bumps are usually flat and don’t always cause pain, some are painful when pressure is applied directly to it. Dr. D’Ortone exams your foot and determine if you have a plantar wart, and if so how to treat it.
Can warts spread?
Because warts are often caused by infection, they are known to spread to other areas as well. Most warts will go away on their own, but it can take up to two years or more. In some cases, the wart will remain longer.
How are warts treated?
Treatment for warts vary depending on how many warts you have, the type of infection causing the wart, and other environmental factors. If you want to have your plantar wart treated because it’s painful or unsightly, a visit to Dr. D’Ortone’s office will speed up the removal process.
When treating a wart, Dr. D’Ortone’s goal is to remove the wart, stimulate healing of your skin, and destroy the infection. Wart treatments include at-home remedies and in-office procedures.
Some effective at-home treatments for plantar warts include:
- Salicylic acid medicine
- Freezing compounds
- Duct tape
While at-home treatments generally work with some success, Dr. D’Ortone recommends visiting his office for quicker remedies or a combination of professional and at-home treatments.
Office treatments available at Center for Foot and Ankle Excellence may include:
- Prescription-strength salicylic acid
- Liquid nitrogen freezing
- Alternative stronger acid treatments
- Laser treatment
- Cutting the wart off
Contact Dr. D’Ortone’s office for his expertise in removing a stubborn wart. He works with you to decide the best treatment option for you.
Is wart removal painful?
Most at-home treatments aren’t painful. If you’re freezing the wart, you may experience mild discomfort.
If you’re getting treatment with Dr. D’Ortone, freezing the wart may be mildly uncomfortable. Cutting the wart away and laser treatment may also give you mild discomfort. Dr. D’Ortone fully explains any discomfort you can expect during the treatments.
Removing a stubborn wart or wanting a wart removed for cosmetic reasons can be difficult at home. With the expert advice and care of Dr. D’Ortone and the team at the Center for Foot and Ankle Excellence, you can expect prompt treatment. Call the office or schedule an appointment online today.