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If foot warts make you frequently yelp in pain, laser wart removal from expert podiatrist Afsaneh Latifi, DPM, at Eastside Podiatry Associates on the Upper East Side of Manhattan, New York City, could give you permanent relief at last. To find out how laser wart removal can help you, call the office now or book an appointment using the online scheduler anytime.
Plantar warts are bumps that usually appear on the bottom of your foot. As with all warts, the human papillomavirus (HPV), that gets into your body via tiny cuts or skin openings, causes plantar warts. Often, the entry point is so small that you can't even see it with your naked eye.
Most adults and kids who develop plantar warts do so after walking barefoot in an environment where HPV grows easily, such as a public swimming pool or locker room.
Plantar warts typically appear as small, rough lesions on the ball of your foot (just under your toes) or front part of your heel. Plantar warts may have dark pinpoints, which are blood vessels that burst from the pressure of walking and standing on them.
Sometimes, plantar warts grow inward due to constant pressure. In this case, they often form a thick, hard callus that can make the wart challenging to treat with most removal methods. That's where laser wart removal can help.
For laser wart removal at Eastside Podiatry Associates, Dr. Latifi uses a state-of-the-art laser light source to precisely remove warts and any calluses surrounding them. The treated tissue quickly dies, and typically falls off in the days following your laser wart removal treatment.
After that, your skin heals naturally, leaving you with wart-free feet you can stand and walk on comfortably. Laser wart removal doesn't typically leave a scar, and it's not painful since Dr. Latifi can administer a local anesthetic for your comfort.
Laser wart removal is usually a good treatment option for patients who have plantar warts that resist other treatments. Sometimes, it can be quite challenging to eradicate the HPV infection with topical treatments, so plantar warts may keep coming back.
Also, when you have a callus built up over plantar warts, topical treatments can't adequately access warts themselves. In these cases, laser wart removal could be the ideal way to permanently get rid of warts and the HPV virus behind them.
Call Eastside Podiatry Associates or click online scheduling for laser wart removal and other foot and ankle problems now.