Warts Specialist

Lower Limb Institute

Podiatry & Foot and Ankle Surgery located in Hackensack, NJ & Edison, NJ

If you regularly walk barefoot in public facilities like saunas, swimming pools, or locker rooms, you’re also at risk of warts. Though benign, these annoying growths are often painful, making it difficult to walk, run, or exercise. At Lower Limb Institute, expert podiatrist Mina Abadeer, DPM, provides wart removal on an outpatient basis. To schedule an appointment at the Hackensack or Edison, New Jersey, office, call or book online today.

Warts Q&A

What are warts?

Warts are small, flesh-colored bumps that typically develop on the balls and soles of your feet. 

They’re caused by a strain of the human papillomavirus (HPV) and grow inward beneath a tough, hardened layer of skin.

Anyone can experience warts, but they’re especially common in children and teenagers. 

Warts typically resolve on their own, but if your symptoms persist or interfere with your quality of life, contact Dr. Abadeer at Lower Limb Institute right away.

What are the symptoms of warts?

Common symptoms of warts include:

  • A raised, skin-colored bump on the bottom of your foot
  • A growth with a black spot in the center
  • Pain when walking or standing
  • Visible calluses

If you’re an athlete or physically active individual, you might also notice that your warts bleed, turn red, or become irritated following a game or workout.

Is there any way to prevent warts?

There’s no way to prevent warts entirely, but you can significantly lower your risk by practicing proper hygiene. Dr. Abadeer recommends keeping your feet clean and dry, changing your shoes and socks daily, and wearing shoes in public places like saunas and locker rooms.

In addition, avoid picking or scratching at your warts. Don’t share towels, clothing, or nail clippers with others if you have warts.

How are warts diagnosed?

To diagnose warts, Dr. Abadeer reviews your medical history, asks about your symptoms, and physically examines your feet. He carefully assesses each wart, looking for black spots in the center or raised skin. 

He might also remove a sample of your wart and send it to a laboratory for further analysis and testing.

How are warts treated?

Most warts go away on their own without treatment. If your warts cause you pain or they continue to spread, don’t wait to seek professional help. Dr. Abadeer offers several types of in-office treatment, including:

Wart removal with acid

Salicylic acid is a prescription medication used to remove warts. Once applied to your skin, it removes the growth one layer at a time while stimulating your immune system. 

Wart removal with cryotherapy

Cryotherapy removes warts with liquid nitrogen. Prior to treatment, Dr. Abadeer numbs the wart with a local anesthetic to ensure your comfort. He then applies the liquid nitrogen to your wart with a spray or cotton swab, causing it to freeze and die.

To receive treatment for warts, schedule an appointment at Lower Limb Institute. Call the nearest location or book online today.