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Posts for: April, 2015
Do you suffer from plantar warts that are as ugly as they are uncomfortable? Caused by microscopic viruses that have penetrated the sole of your foot, plantar warts rise up in your skin and create a deep center that carries its own blood supply.
At Precision Foot and Ankle Centers, patients with perpetual foot problems like these find full relief under the care of foot doctors who make it their mission to get their feet right! Even unsightly plantar warts can be overcome at Precision Foot and Ankle Centers in Torrance, CA, and you'll find some of the treatment options available for it below:
Plantar Wart Treatments
Debridement can be accomplished typically either with take-home or on-site cream. The take-home technique is likely to be effective for recently-acquired plantar warts, but takes a strict daily adherence for best results. In-office debridement must be applied directly onto the wart by your foot doctor, as the topical is extremely effective and should be used only on affected skin. Debridement treatment is moderately effective and occasionally needs up to four applications.
Oral Cimetidine (Tagamet)
This medication is a favorite among podiatrist patients with many plantar warts. That's because this medication kills the blood supply from H2 receptor sites that often feed the viruses responsible for their growth. Typically, this treatment provides the greatest amount of success for children, boasting an 80 percent success rate among them.
Zinc Sulphate Tablets
This oral treatment boosts your immune system and helps eliminate many patients' warts when it's taken twice each day for 1-3 months.
Serving as one of the most guaranteed wart removal treatment options available, the laser technique comes with minimal pain in the following few weeks after a procedure but full removal of foot warts. If the wart removed was especially large, it may take a little longer before the site has fully healed and you can return to your normal daily activities.
This injection involves an anti-viral medication that goes directly into the wart. A blister will then form and the wart will die; the blister should then turn black, indicating it's time for your foot doctor to debride it. This has proven to be a very effective treatment.
Warts that keep coming back can be treated with surgery: a full thickness excision that includes a biopsy is often the best wart removal method available. Keep in mind that this treatment approach requires stitches and may require you to stay off your feet for as many as three weeks post operation.
For more information on plantar warts and the treatment options available for them, give the foot doctors at Precision Foot and Ankle Centers a call at (310) 791-1092 today!