Warts Specialist

Woodlake Podiatry, LLC

Sheryl Hanawalt, DPM

Podiatrist located in Chesterfield, MO

It’s likely you’ve had or will have a wart on your foot at some point, and usually, warts fade on their own. However, warts sometimes persist, even with self-care, which is why board-qualified podiatrist Sheryl Hanawalt, DPM, treats plantar warts using noninvasive techniques at Woodlake Podiatry, LLC, in Chesterfield, Missouri. To schedule an appointment to remove a persistent plantar wart, call or use the online booking tool today.

Warts Q & A

What are plantar warts?

Plantar warts are a kind of growth that affects your toes and the soles of your feet. They’re circular and flat with a depressed area in the middle and have a bumpy surface. Warts are about the same color as your skin, but they also often contain tiny black spots.

Plantar warts usually affect areas of your feet that receive a lot of pressure, or where bone sticks out, such as your heels or the balls of your feet.

What causes plantar warts?

When you have plantar warts, it means you’ve been infected with the human papillomavirus (HPV). HPV is the most common viral skin infection and only affects the surface of your skin. Note that HPV has many strains, and the type that causes plantar warts isn’t the same as the STD known as HPV.

The strain of HPV that causes skin infections isn’t contagious, so you don’t get plantar warts from contact with other people. The virus thrives in damp, warm communal environments like locker rooms and swimming pools. You usually come into contact with the virus by walking barefoot in these environments.

Plantar warts can become tender and painful, and people usually realize something’s wrong when they find walking, standing, or bearing weight painful. Pressure on your feet can make the symptoms of plantar warts worse over time.

Though people of all ages develop plantar warts, they’re most common among adolescents and seniors.

What kinds of treatments are available for plantar warts?

Many plantar warts are mild and heal within a few days, either on their own or with self-care. Dr. Hanawalt can tell you if it’s safe to treat your plantar warts at home using a nonprescription wart removal product.

Dr. Hanawalt provides in-office treatment for plantar warts that persist or cause significant pain and interfere with everyday activities. These treatments include:

Salicylic acid

Though over-the-counter wart removal products usually contain salicylic acid, Dr. Hanawalt can provide stronger, more concentrated medication at Woodlake Podiatry. Salicylic acid gradually removes layers of the warts, so you usually need to undergo multiple treatments over the course of a few weeks.


Dr. Hanawalt can apply liquid nitrogen to the warts, after numbing the area. This causes the skin around the wart to blister. As the blister heals, the wart falls off. As with salicylic acid, cryotherapy usually requires multiple treatments to be fully effective.

Schedule plantar wart treatment at Woodlake Podiatry online or over the phone today.