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Doctor insights on: Plantar Wart On Heel Treatment

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Dr. Larry Xanthopoulos Dr. Xanthopoulos
Pediatrics
18 years in practice
Boston University School of Medicine
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Dr. Arnold Beresh
334 Doctors shared insights

Plantar Warts (Definition)

Hard, grainy growths that usually appear on the heels or balls of your feet--parts of your body that feel the most pressure. This pressure also may cause plantar warts to grow inward beneath a hard, thick layer of skin (callus). Plantar warts are caused ...Read more


Dr. Bradly Shollenberger Dr. Shollenberger
Podiatry
32 years in practice
Temple University School of Medicine
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Is blunt dissection a safe and effective treatment for a single fairly deep plantar wart (non-weight-bearing spot on foot)?

Is blunt dissection a safe and effective treatment for a single fairly deep plantar wart (non-weight-bearing spot on foot)?

Possibly: Since warts are epidermal lesions, any treatment should be restricted to that level. Penetrating the dermis by any means creates scarring which could be painful post-treatment. While I treat most warts with canthradine, I do occasionally bluntly remove them under local anesthesia and gently treat the base with a co2 laser to prevent reoccurrence. These heal without suturing.

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Dr. David Hettinger Dr. Hettinger
Podiatry
32 years in practice
Dr. William M. Scholl College of Podiatric Medicine at Rosalind Franklin University
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What's the best treatment for plantar warts?

What's the best treatment for plantar warts?

Warts...: Plantar warts are very frustrating to treat. Methods that worked in the past may not work for you in the present. Fortunately, there are many other treatments to try. There are a few different topical chemicals, different freezing techniques, etc. See a podiatrist for details. Treatment ranges from topical acids and debridements to excisional surgery.

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Dr. Jeffrey Kass Dr. Kass
Podiatry
24 years in practice
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What is the most effective treatment for plantar wart?

What is the most effective treatment for plantar wart?

Many treatments: I like the pulse dye laser. There are topical preparations and some oral like cimedine. Doctors will usually use what works for them, but you should know warts are resistant and you need to be patient.

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Dr. Thomman Kuruvilla Dr. Kuruvilla
Podiatry
18 years in practice
New York Institute of Technology New York College of Osteopathic Medicine
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When do I need to stop plantar wart treatment?

When do I need to stop plantar wart treatment?

Stop treatment: Usually when their are skin lines present at the lesion and the pain has subsided.

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Dr. Arnold Beresh Dr. Beresh
Podiatry
37 years in practice
The Ohio State University College of Medicine
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Dr. Karen Butler Dr. Butler
Family Medicine
17 years in practice
Central University of the East School of Medicine (UCE)
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Can I use Dr. Scholl's freeze wart remover for my plantar wart? Its painful, Is this a very good treatment?

Can I use Dr. Scholl's freeze wart remover for my plantar wart? Its painful, Is this a very good treatment?

Ans: You can. However remember the root goes deep the freeze usually will get just they'll portion. Actually duct tape works great. Put that over the wary and you may have better success

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Dr. David Hettinger Dr. Hettinger
Podiatry
32 years in practice
Dr. William M. Scholl College of Podiatric Medicine at Rosalind Franklin University
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What is a good home treatment for plantar warts?

What is a good home treatment for plantar warts?

Warts...: Plantar warts are very frustrating to treat. Methods that worked in the past may not work for you in the present. Fortunately, there are many other treatments to try. There are a few different topical chemicals, different freezing techniques, etc. Just keep trying.

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Dr. Joseph Newman Dr. Newman
Podiatry
28 years in practice
Des Moines University College of Podiatric Medicine and Surgery
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How useful is laser treatment for plantar warts?

How useful is laser treatment for plantar warts?

It can be: There are many different ways to treat warts. The laser is a useful (and expensive) tool to treat them, but I cannot say that using one works significantly better than other measures. See a podiatrist or dermatologist to discuss your treatment options.

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Dr. Addagada Rao Dr. Rao
Surgery
52 years in practice
Andhra University, Guntur Medical College
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Should I put a waterproof bandage over plantar wart when using acid treatment?

Should I put a waterproof bandage over plantar wart when using acid treatment?

Read instructions: If you are using over the counter medications, which may be effective to relive symptoms, if medication enter eye may cause injury, so you have to prevent spillage, follow the instructions, best way is see your doctor and get rid of it for ever.

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Dr. Ayaz Samadani Dr. Samadani
General Practice
53 years in practice
University of Karachi - Liaquat National Medical College
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Are there any special instructions for applying salicylic acid for treatment of plantar warts?

Are there any special instructions for applying salicylic acid for treatment of plantar warts?

Planter wart: Area may be covered with the dressing or a Band-Aid for at least four hours

Dr. Payam Rafat Dr. Rafat
Podiatry
18 years in practice
New York College of Podiatric Medicine
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I'm treating my plantar wart with aldara (imiquimod) and tagamet. It's much less tender now but hasn't diminished in size very much. Is the treatment working?

See your physician: These are powerful medications. Having less pain is a step in the right direction. Have you physician evaluate the area to compare it with how it was prior to treatment.

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Dr. Libby Putnam Dr. Putnam
Podiatry
8 years in practice
Dr. William M. Scholl College of Podiatric Medicine at Rosalind Franklin University
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What is the best treatment/product to get rid of plantar warts?

What is the best treatment/product to get rid of plantar warts?

Several treatments.: You can try over the counter wart removers, but be careful: I've seen them do more harm than good. Other options your doctor might offer include cryotherapy (freezing the wart), electrocautery (burning the wart), laser treatment, or several different topical chemical treatments. If the treatment is typically uncomfortable, your doctor can numb the area before proceeding.

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Dr. Libby Putnam Dr. Putnam
Podiatry
8 years in practice
Dr. William M. Scholl College of Podiatric Medicine at Rosalind Franklin University
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What is the most effective treatment to get rid of plantar warts?

Several treatments.: You can try over the counter wart removers, but be careful: I've seen them do more harm than good. Other options your doctor might offer include cryotherapy (freezing the wart), electrocautery (burning the wart), laser treatment, or several different topical chemical treatments. If the treatment is typically uncomfortable, your doctor can numb the area before proceeding.

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Dr. Richard Zimon Dr. Zimon
Internal Medicine
55 years in practice
Harvard Medical School
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Dr. Frank Smith Dr. Smith
Podiatry
25 years in practice
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What to do if I picked the inside of my plantar wart on the heel of my foot and I am scared?

Warts: You can apply a topical antibiotic cream. Warts are caused by a virus so the cream only helps treat secondary infections. I would see a podiatrist for this problem. These are difficult to treat because the skin on the heel is very deep. The cutera laser is very effective for these warts. Also acid and freezing treatments work well but these need to be debrided and treated best done by podiatrist.

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Dr. Scott Keith Dr. Keith
Podiatry
40 years in practice
University of Illinois College of Medicine
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I have common warts on my heel and on my finger. My mom went to the store but there was only the medicated remover for plantar warts. Would it work?

I have common warts on my heel and on my finger. My mom went to the store but there was only the medicated remover for plantar warts. Would it work?

Better than nothing.: Go ahead and give it a try. Just make sure that you follow the directions, and make sure you are treating a wart.

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Dr. Arnold Beresh Dr. Beresh
Podiatry
37 years in practice
The Ohio State University College of Medicine
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How do I get rid of plantar warts on my 6th grade child's heel?

Many treatments: Warts can be treated in many ways from over the counter medicines to professional treatment. The skin on the back of the heel is a tough area to get rid of warts due to constant rubbing on the shoe and thickness of the skin.

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Dr. Ronald Oberman Dr. Oberman
Podiatry
27 years in practice
New York College of Podiatric Medicine
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What do you advise if I had a plantar wart on my heel for 6 months, had it surgically removed nd hasn't healed. Pls advice wht to do?

What do you advise if I had a plantar wart on my heel for 6 months, had it surgically removed nd hasn't healed. Pls advice wht to do?

See doctor: And find out why this has not healed. Is it that surgical site never healed or is it that wart is still there? Either way, this should be seen by a physician so the problem can be treated.

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Dr. Vance Harris Dr. Harris
Family Medicine
33 years in practice
UCLA School of Medicine
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I had this thing on my foot above the heel for several weeks. Found out it was a Plantar Wart. How do I get rid of it??

I had this thing on my foot above the heel for several weeks. Found out it was a Plantar Wart. How do I get rid of it??

Local destruction.: Turns out are hard to get rid of. Your doctor can freeze, burn, inject or even use a laser. Ultimately it takes a good immune reaction to the freezing or other treatment used by the doctor. We damage the tissue by freezing and your imune system then attacks the wart. See your doctor. The over the counter treatments don't work well for plantar warts. The skin on the foot is very thick.

Dr. David Hettinger
609 Doctors shared insights

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Dr. Arnold Beresh
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