Plantar Warts

Plantar Warts services offered in Clarksville, Nashville and Erin, TN and Hopkinsville, KY

Plantar warts are hard, painful growths that develop on the weight-bearing areas of your feet. At Gateway Foot and Ankle Center, the team of board-certified podiatrists offers outpatient treatment for plantar warts, including prescription-strength peeling medication and cryotherapy. To make an appointment today, call the nearest office in Clarksville, Nashville, or Erin, Tennessee, or Hopkinsville, Kentucky, or book online.

What are plantar warts?

A plantar wart is a small, skin-colored growth that forms on the heels or balls of your feet. They occur when a strain of the human papillomavirus (HPV) enters your body through a cut or break in your skin.

Warts aren’t always a concern, but if you have diabetes or another health problem that affects blood flow to your feet, they may increase your risk of infection, diabetic ulcers, or other slow-healing wounds.

What are the symptoms of plantar warts?

Symptoms of plantar warts include:

  • Small, hard growths on the bottom of your foot
  • Hard, thickened skin
  • A small growth with a black dot in the middle
  • Pain or tenderness when walking or standing

Your wart might also bleed or ooze pus, depending on its size and location.

When should I seek treatment for plantar warts?

Make an appointment with the team at Gateway Foot and Ankle Center if you have plantar warts and they bleed or change shape and color. That’s especially true if you have an underlying health problem that affects your immune system, such as diabetes or HIV.

How are plantar warts diagnosed?

To diagnose plantar warts, your Gateway Foot and Ankle Center provider reviews your medical records and asks about your symptoms, including when you noticed the growths, if they’ve changed size or appearance, and if they make it difficult to walk.

Next, your provider completes an exam. They look at the growths on the bottom of your feet and gently press on them to identify sensitive areas. Your provider also removes a small layer of skin from the top of each growth to see if there are tiny clotted blood vessels beneath.

How are plantar warts treated?

Treatment of plantar warts depends on various things, including your age and the severity of your symptoms. The team at Gateway Foot and Ankle Center might recommend:

Prescription-strength peeling medication

Prescription-strength peeling medication, like salicylic acid, causes your skin to peel away one layer at a time. The medicine also boosts your immune system, reducing the risk of warts in the future.


During cryotherapy, your Gateway Foot and Ankle Center provider applies liquid nitrogen to your warts. Liquid nitrogen causes the wart to freeze and die. After treatment, your skin blisters, dies, and peels away, revealing healthy, wart-free skin beneath.

To receive treatment for plantar warts today, call the nearest Gateway Foot and Ankle Center office, or book online.