Warts (Plantar Warts)

A wart is a small growth of skin that occurs due to viral infection from the human papilloma virus (HPV). Unlike most other infections, this infection does not enter the blood stream, and this infection is not limb or life threatening. Most warts appear on the bottom (plantar) surface of the foot, hence the name plantar wart. Contrary to popular belief, warts are not caused by poor hygiene. There is a correlation between warts and sweaty feet, but there is no evidence that points to why some people do or do not get warts when exposed to the same environment.


  1. Thickened skin or callus may form over the wart.
  2. Black spots may be seen on the skin. These spots are a byproduct of changes to the tiny blood vessels caused by the wart's infection of the dermal layer of skin.
  3. Pain with both direct pressure, as well as side to side compression, can help differentiate a wart from a regular callus.


Treatment of warts can usually be performed in the office on the same day as your evaluation. Since there are no nerve endings in the outermost layer of skin, trimming down the thickened skin is usually painless. 

Most of the listed treatments for warts will work, given enough time. Unfortunately, it is hard to be patient when there is pain with every step you take. At North Austin Foot & Ankle Institute, we primarily utilize cryotherapy or a chemical treatment that is performed in the office at the time of your appointment.


Options for Treating Warts:

  • Cryotherapy (Freezing)
  • Chemical Destruction
  • Laser
  • Cauterization (Burning)
  • Over the counter medication or pads
  • Home Remedies (Citrus Peels, Duct Tape, etc.)

If you or a family member is suffering from Painful Warts, Call us at 512-593-2949 or CLICK HERE to Schedule an Appointment.