Warts Specialist

Karen Wasserman, DPM -  - Podiatrist

Karen Wasserman, DPM

Podiatrist located in Dallas, TX

Plantar warts can be unsightly and painful. But Karen Wasserman, DPM, in Dallas, Texas, provides the care you need to get rid of your warts because over-the-counter warts removers may not be enough to resolve the problem. Dr. Wasserman has medical-grade topical treatments to clear up warts quickly and performs simple in-office procedures to remove even the most stubborn warts. Call Dr. Wasserman and her team to schedule an appointment, or book online today.

Warts Q & A

What are warts?

Human papillomavirus (HPV) causes warts. HPV is a common infection that spreads easily. A particular strain of HPV causes plantar warts - warts that develop on the bottom of your feet.

Plantar warts are usually flat, with a rough surface texture. They might also have small back dots around the center. These dots are tiny blood vessels that have grown into the wart. Plantar warts can appear alone or in clusters. 

These warts usually aren't a serious problem. Often, they disappear on their own. But some people may develop large, painful warts or large wart clusters. These warts may need medical care. Dr. Wasserman can determine whether your plantar warts need treatment.

How do warts spread?

Plantar warts are contagious. The strain of HPV that causes plantar warts spreads through contaminated objects or surfaces. The virus then enters your body through a small break in the skin. 

The virus thrives in a warm, moist environment. Many people catch it by walking barefoot around a public shower, locker room, or swimming pool. If you already have plantar warts, the virus can also spread from one foot to another. Some people may develop warts on several parts of their feet. 

How are plantar warts treated?

Some plantar warts resolve on their own as your body clears the infection. But HPV sometimes remains in your body for a long time. If you have stubborn plantar warts, Dr. Wasserman can:

  • Prescribe prescription-strength medications to remove your warts
  • Use cryotherapy, a treatment that destroys the wart using liquid nitrogen

If your warts don't respond to these treatments, you may need minor surgery. This short procedure takes place inside Dr. Wasserman's office. 

First, she applies a numbing medication, so you feel no discomfort. Next, she cuts the wart away using a scalpel. Dr. Wasserman might also use an electric needle to remove the wart. Most patients recover quickly after their surgery and experience little scarring.

When should I see a doctor for warts?

Plantar warts can sometimes be painful. If your warts make it painful to walk or stand, call Dr. Wasserman for an evaluation. You should seek medical advice if you have many warts, or if your warts spread from one area to another. Dr. Wasserman can provide treatment to stop the spread and clear up existing warts. 

Let Karen Wasserman, DPM, help you clear up stubborn plantar warts. Call Dr. Wasserman and her team to schedule an appointment, or book online today.