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Dr. Timothy Young, a board-certified foot surgeon, discusses Plantar verruca and porokeratosis
In our clinic, we see a number of patients with plantar warts or plantar verruca. There are times when a patient presents to our clinic with skin lesions on the bottom of the feet (plantar aspect of the feet) that appear similar to a plantar verruca but are actually a different nonviral skin lesion. Plantar verrucae are caused by the human papilloma virus and therefore are a viral infection.

Typically, this skin infection develops additional blood vessels through a process called angiogenesis. Therefore, it is classic for plantar verruca have multiple punctate or pinpoint patches of dried blood or eschar, and during the examination when we lightly remove the superficial layer of the verruca and callused area, we see pinpoint bleeding. This pinpoint bleeding is very helpful to accurately diagnose these as plantar verrucae. There is a similar appearing lesion that is often called a porokeratosis.

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Dr. Timothy Young, a board-certified foot surgeon, discusses the latest treatment for painful plantar warts.
Plantar verruca or plantar warts are one of the more common problems that we see at our clinic.  The are a number of different treatments for plantar warts. This ranges from some home treatments and home remedies to more consistent medical procedures.  Some of the more common medical treatments would be topical freezing or liquid nitrogen, Cantharone treatment  (beetle juice) and surgical removal.  

Our clinic has acquired a Swift laser device specifically for persistent plantar  verruca.  We have over 12 months experience with this and has been very effective for verruca treatment.  This is one of the fastest treatments and does not require injections or surgery.  There is no open wound.  Typical treatments are done at 3–4 week intervals.  Now that we have this treatment option it is rare to need more aggressive treatment such as surgical excision.  We do have one more treatment option at our clinic and that is bleomycin injections.  Plantar warts have their own blood supply through a process called angioneogenesis.  The bleomycin targets the additional vascular network that verruca have and therefore the verruca are not able to continue being viable and a blood blister forms and the verruca resolves.  If you have are resistant plantar wart please let us know.

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Plantar Wart - Wikipedia

Warts can be very unsightly especially when on top of the forefoot or the toes. It often times may get hard to wear sandals or flip flops during the summer. Quite a few people come in to have these removed. Often times they have seen other physicians that have been unsuccessful. Plantar warts are caused by human papilloma virus and can be a challenge to both physicians and patients alike. There are many different modalities to get rid of warts - it depends on the location and the size and the number.

We recommend having an evaluation to make sure the lesion is a wart before proceeding with treatment options. Treatment options run the gamut of topical medications to lasers and even injection therapy. Our success today with treating warts can oftentimes be close to 100% after just a few treatments. The majority of treatments for plantar verrucae is a relatively pain free and highly successful. If you suffer from warts and have tried multiple different treatment options contact our clinic today.

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Warts can be very frustrating for patients. They can become quite large, painful and unsightly. Warts on the foot especially can be uncomfortable with playing sports or even walking. The most common type of wart is caused by Human Papillomavirus. There are many different strains of HPV and certain strains are more common on the foot.

The majority of these warts present on the bottom of the foot or the sole of the foot. We provide care for all types of warts and find most warts can completely resolve in just a few treatments. We offer many different treatment options depending on the size, number and location of the wart or warts. We provide care ranging from topical medications, lasers and even excision of warts. If you are looking for a warts specialist in the Issaquah, Bellevue, Mercer Island or Seattle area, come see us and we will help you get rid of them permanently. Give us a call today at 425-391-8666 or make an appointment online. Our Issaquah Podiatrists would love to see you.
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