Seeking treatment for your foot pain can be overwhelming, and you may have many questions for us about your particular ailment and treatment options. Here, we share answers for the questions we are asked most about medical care for ankles, feet, and lower legs.
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Should I cut off my foot wart?
If you want to remove a foot wart, it’s not a good idea to attempt excising it yourself. Trying to cut off your wart may actually damage the healthy surrounding tissues. It can also create scarring and may not stop the growth from returning, since cutting it doesn’t necessarily eliminate the virus causing the problem. Warts are stubborn infections and will come back if the virus stays in the skin. Other more conservative measures are usually better.
Talk to our team at Advanced Foot & Ankle Specialists of Arizona about noninvasive ways to remove a foot wart, like peeling medications or freezing therapy. Immunity-boosting injections, beetle juice medicines, and other physical therapy methods are also effective. Even some home remedies may help. Try these approaches first before looking into a minor procedure to cut away the growth. If you’re struggling with a stubborn skin lesion, let us know. Just contact either of our two Arizona offices for an appointment: for the Chandler office, call (480) 963-9000 or fax (480) 963-0375; for the Gilbert location, call (480) 981-1800 or fax (480) 981-0229.
Should I cut off a plantar wart?
While it’s okay to use some types of at-home treatment for both top-of-the-foot and plantar warts, you should not try to cut one off yourself. Warts are viral infections in your skin. Cutting off the top of the fleshy bump won’t eliminate the infection or cure the problem. Instead, it may just damage your skin and make it more likely you’ll develop secondary infections.
An experienced professional, however, like the physicians at Advanced Foot & Ankle Specialists of Arizona, can carefully remove the entire growth with a minor, in-office procedure. Usually more conservative methods are tried first, though. Topical medications, immune therapy, and liquid nitrogen are just a few of the wart-removal options available to you. Don’t risk seriously injuring the skin on the sole of your foot by cutting a wart off. Let Advanced Foot & Ankle Specialists of Arizona take care of it instead. Use the website, call, or fax to reach us: call (480) 963-9000 and fax (480) 963-0375 for the Chandler office, or call (480) 981-1800 and fax (480) 981-0229 for Gilbert.