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Warts Specialist

Felicia A. Armstrong, DPM -  - Podiatry

Maryland Podiatry Services

Felicia A. Armstrong, DPM

Podiatry located in Baltimore, MD

Warts aren’t just unappealing to look at, they’re painful and uncomfortable. Board-certified podiatrist Felicia Armstrong, DPM, understands the struggle of trying to walk or run with a wart on the bottom of your foot. At Maryland Podiatry Services in Baltimore, Maryland, Dr. Armstrong offers a variety of treatments to eliminate warts. To schedule an appointment, call or book online today.

Warts Q & A

What are warts?

Warts are small, hard growths that develop on the skin. Anybody can get a wart, but they’re most common in children and teenagers. If a wart develops on the sole of your foot, it’s called a plantar wart.

Plantar warts are slightly different from common warts you might have on your hands, knees, or elbows. Because the skin on the soles of your feet is tough and thick, plantar warts typically develop just beneath the surface of the skin, making them difficult to treat on your own.

What are the symptoms of warts?

In most cases, you can tell you have a wart just by looking at your skin. These small growths typically sit directly on top of your skin. 

Unfortunately, if you have a plantar wart, the signs may not be quite as obvious. Since your skin can cover the wart, it’s important to look out for other signs, such as:

  • Small black pinpoints
  • Localized pain when standing
  • Hard, thickened skin in one spot
  • Slightly rough-feeling growth

While plantar warts typically go away on their own over time, Dr. Armstrong can help clear the growth as soon as possible if it’s affecting your ability to walk without pain.

What causes warts?

HPV is an infection that causes plantar warts in the feet. While there are more than 100 types of HPV, only a few strains cause plantar warts. 

The virus thrives in moist environments, which is why you’re more likely to have it if you often walk around barefoot in locker rooms or public swimming pools.

Anybody can get a plantar wart, but they’re most common in children and young adults, immunocompromised people, and people who previously had warts.

How do podiatrists treat warts?

Dr. Armstrong is committed to conservative treatments for plantar warts. If your wart hasn’t responded to over-the-counter or at-home treatments, she offers a number of in-office treatments to effectively remove your wart.

Dr. Armstrong uses VIRCIN Advanced wart treatment to painlessly eliminate plantar warts. She also offers cryotherapy, which uses a freezing medicine to destroy the wart at the source.

For comprehensive wart treatment, call Maryland Podiatry Services or book an appointment online today.