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Neuromas (Nerve Tumors)
Almost everyone has a friend who has suffered a wart or has had a wart themselves. A large percentage of the US population carries the virus even if it is not actively causing warts to appear on their skin.
Many treatments are available for warts and it is important that you see a doctor for evaluation because cancerous skin lesions can sometimes be mistaken for warts. Warts are not only unsightly but can become painful when they are on the bottom of the foot. Luckily many treatments exist including laser removal which is offered at Manhattan Foot Specialists.
Your foot doctor in New York will explain all available treatments to see what will best work for you.
All warts should be examined by a Manhattan podiatrist to ensure proper diagnosis and treatment.
Symptoms from Neuromas
The word ‘plantar’ refers to the bottom of your foot and is where the name plantar wart has its origin. Your podiatry doctor in New York has had patients with warts visit the office frequently after attempts at treating warts at home for many years. Home treatment can cause dangerous skin burns and it is recommended that you visit a doctor to manage your warts.
Like most warts, plantar warts are non-cancerous. They are skin growths caused by viral infections in the top layer of skin. The virus responsible for these skin lesions is human papillomavirus, more commonly referred to as HPV. There are actually many different strains of this virus, and they can affect various areas of your body. Many strains of HPV exist. For example, plantar warts are caused by a different strain than genital warts. Your Manhattan podiatrists will explain what you need to know about this condition during your visit.
While plantar warts are not malignant or life threatening most still would not want to knowingly spread them to others. HPV is a contagious viral infection thus can spread or be passed to other people. It is important to treat the wart and cover it if you are in close contact with others to prevent spreading the infection. Plantar warts can become irritated or painful but the biggest reason people seek treatment remains complaints on its appearance
Symptoms of Plantar Warts
Plantar warts are generally about the size of a pencil eraser, but can sometimes grow quite large. Warts on your feet don’t protrude as far as warts on other areas of our body. They can appear alone or grow in groups or clusters. When this happens, they are called mosaic warts and should be treated by a midtown Manhattan podiatrist to prevent further spread.
These warts have small blood vessels that run through them and when they are removed you will observe small pinpoint bleeding within the skin. It does not take the best doctor in New York to diagnose a wart but you may need the best when it comes to your treatment and the options available to your. Corns and calluses can be mistaken for plantar warts. That’s why it’s best to have any questionable growths checked out thoroughly by your podiatrist.
Since they’re contagious, plantar warts spread from one foot to the other. They can also spread from person to person. The transmission of the virus can also be indirect — by sharing shoes or standing in the same shower as an infected person.
Your risk of getting warts varies. If you have a weakened immune system or are sick at the time of exposure then your chances are higher. But you can take precautions to avoid infection. Wear sandals in locker rooms. Don’t share your shoes. Keep your feet clean and dry. Your podiatrist in Manhattan can give you a full list of precautions during your office visit.
Diagnosis and Treatment
In most cases, your foot doctor in NYC can diagnose plantar warts by:
- Simply examining the growth or lesion on your foot
- Gently scraping skin layers off with a small blade (painless) and checking for black specks or tiny blood vessels
- Removing a small piece of the growth (biopsy) and sending it to the laboratory for analysis
Treatment for plantar warts comes in as many forms as there are old wives’ tales. Your foot doctor in New York may recommend prescription medication which you can apply at home. If that does not work we can try laser therapy or cryotherapy. As with most medical issues, you’ll receive the most effective treatments from a knowledgeable New York City foot doctor. Your podiatrist in midtown Manhattan can help you determine which treatments are best suited to your individual case. These treatments include:
- Freezing the wart off cryogenically with liquid nitrogen. Can be performed at your podiatrist’s office
- Using a laser to remove your plantar warts.
- Pulsed-dyed laser treatments burn the tiny blood vessels so that they close and wart eventually dies.
- Covering the warts or injecting medicine to strengthen your immune system can rid your body of the virus.
- Stronger peeling medicines that feature salicylic acid work by removing layers of warts a bit at a time. Your podiatrist recommends applying the prescription medicine at home and then coming in for a regular appointment at the office to monitor your progress.
- Other acids your NYC foot doctor may use involve bichloracetic or trichloroacetic acids. These treatments require weekly visits to the office of your NYC foot doctor.
- In some cases, minor surgery may be needed. It involves cutting the wart away or destroying it with an electric needle. This procedure requires local anesthesia because it can be painful or cause scarring. This is the least-used method in the treatment of plantar warts because of the risks inherently involved with surgery.
- Vaccines against the HPV virus have been used to successfully treat and prevent warts.
Foot warts can be difficult to treat by your NYC podiatry doctor because they lay mostly below the surface, kind of like an iceberg. Even when treatments are successful, it’s possible for a wart to reappear since our body will always carry the virus. If it’s not bothersome, podiatrists may say it can be left alone. But it still needs to be evaluated every couple of months to make sure it has not become a skin cancer.
Your immune system can heal a wart but this often takes many months or even years in some cases. Most people do not want to wait that long and would prefer to seek treatment with a good New York foot doctor. It is always best to seek the advice of trained medical professionals. And Manhattan podiatrists are always willing to help you address any issues with your feet.
Important Reminder: This information is only intended to provide guidance, not definitive medical advice. Please consult your foot doctor about your specific condition. Only a trained, experienced board certified podiatrist or foot specialist can determine an accurate diagnosis and proper treatment.
Do you have any questions about Neuromas (Nerve Tumors) treatment in NYC? Would you like to schedule an appointment with an internationally recognized, top NYC Podiatrist and foot doctor, Dr. Sophia Solomon of Manhattan Foot Specialists? Please contact our office for a consultation.
Dr. Sophia Solomon, Podiatrist (NYC Foot Doctor)
New York, NY 10010
(Between Madison Ave & Park Ave)
☎ (212) 389-9918