Brandt R Gibson, DPM
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Podiatrist, Neuropathy Doctor, Father of 11 and Founder of Mountain West Foot & Ankle Institute
On a regular basis, we see patients that have warts, especially plantar warts, that will not go away.  You may be one of these.  You have attempted multiple treatments and multiple doctors, but nothing is working.  In fact, the wart has continued to grow and is now more painful than it was previous.  This story is way too common because many treatments utilized for warts, especially plantar warts fail.

Why Do Common Treatments Fail?

  1. Injury to surrounding tissue will usually cause spreading, and may even produce new lesions.
  2. Treatment can't just remove the symptom, but must utilize some mechanism to kill the virus.  As long as the virus exists, the wart can recur in the same or even a different location.
  3. Plantar Skin is thick and is poorly penetrated by most topical treatments, including burning or freezing the area.
  4. Insufficient Treatment, that may include time, depth or even number of lesions.  Warts may present as a solitary lesion or as a union of multiple warts (mosaic pattern).  If the treatment is insufficient in time of treatment (including frequency of treatments required), depth (as above in plantar skin) or treating only some of the lesions, treatment is more likely to fail.

Many of the over-the-counter treatments and even medical treatments utilized elsewhere in the body will fail on the feet, especially the plantar warts (located on the bottom of the foot).  It is therefore imperative that you seek new treatment options for plantar warts to keep you active.
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