Plantar Wart Treatment – Topeka, Kansas

What is a plantar wart?

Plantar warts are small growths of the skin that usually appear on the heels or other weight-bearing areas of your feet. This pressure of your body causes plantar warts to grow inward beneath a hard, thick layer of skin (callus), often causing pain

Besides plantar warts, there are also palmar warts that grow on the skin of your hands.

Plantar and palmar warts are both caused by a virus called HPV. The virus can spread indirectly from person to person and loves warm moist environments, such as showers. The risk of getting the virus may increase if you have cuts or breaks in the skin or if you have a weakened immune system.

What are the symptoms of plantar warts?

Plantar wart signs and symptoms may include:

On average plantar warts are small, about the size of a pencil eraser. But some warts grow bigger. Sometimes plantar warts can grow in clusters; those are called mosaic warts.

A growth (lesion) on the bottom of your foot, usually the base of the toes and forefoot or the heel.

  • On a certain spot on your foot, you feel hard, thickened skin called a callus. This is where the wart has grown inward.  
  • In some warts, little black pinpoints are visible, called wart seeds, but they  are actually small, clotted blood vessels
  • A lesion that discontinues the normal lines in the skin of your foot     
  • A painful lump in your foot is tender when you stand or walk.

Effectively get rid of warts with Swift microwave therapy

Gateley Podiatry offers a breakthrough treatment for surface-based skin lesions, primarily warts. With his strong focus on regenerative medicine and innovative technology, Dr. Gateley uses SWIFT Microwave therapy in treating plantar warts — a faster, cleaner, and safer way than any other known warts treatment.

Microwave therapy uses microwave energy which is delivered through a special probe applied to the skin to treat the affected tissue. With treatment times in seconds, microwave therapy provides a precise and easy way of treating skin lesions.

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Plantar Wart FAQ

Frequently asked questions and answers about all things plantar warts.

A board-certified podiatric surgeon, Dr. Timothy Gateley is known for his foot and ankle treatment skills and experience. Over the years, he’s mastered the nuances of these conditions so that he consistently produces excellent results. His patients appreciate his bedside manner, attention to detail, and rave about their care.

Dr. Gateley and his staff work hard to make sure that patients are comfortable in the office and are fully confident in their choices. He is a member of the Kansas Podiatric Medical Association, and he is certified by the American Board of Foot and Ankle Surgery.

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Plantar warts are contagious and can spread through direct contact with an infected person or by touching contaminated surfaces, such as public showers, locker rooms, or swimming pool areas.

To prevent plantar warts, practice good foot hygiene, avoid walking barefoot in public areas, refrain from sharing shoes and socks, and keep your feet clean and dry.

Dr. Gateley can usually diagnose plantar warts through a physical examination. In some cases, they may take a small tissue sample (biopsy) to rule out other skin conditions.

Plantar warts are generally harmless, but they can be painful and may spread to other areas of the foot if left untreated. For individuals with weakened immune systems or diabetes, plantar warts can lead to more serious complications.

Some plantar warts may disappear without treatment, but this can take months or even years. It’s advisable to consult a healthcare professional for proper diagnosis and treatment to prevent the warts from spreading.

Yes, plantar warts can recur after treatment, as the virus causing them may still be present in the skin. Practicing good foot hygiene and following the recommended prevention measures can help minimize the risk of recurrence.

Consult a Dr. Gateley if you suspect a plantar wart, especially if it’s painful, spreading, or if you have diabetes or a weakened immune system. It’s important to get an accurate diagnosis and appropriate treatment to avoid complications.

Dr. Gateley Will Help Get You Back On Your Feet

Dr. Gateley is a board-certified foot and ankle specialist and offers the most advanced and effective treatment modalities.

He and his team take pride in providing a high level of care and excellent clinical experience for all patients.

If you’re ready to get rid of those pesky plantar warts, schedule a consultation today.

Contact us at (785) 730-3478

Gateley Podiatry | Excellence in Medical & Surgical Treatment of the Foot & Ankle | Topeka, Kansas


Dr. Gateley provides a wide range of treatment options for foot and ankle conditions. If you are interested in understanding your treatment options , please call the clinic to schedule a consultation.