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By Prince William Foot & Ankle Center
January 10, 2022
Category: Foot Condition
Tags: warts  

How your podiatrists in Gainesville, and Dulles, VA, can help you get rid of foot warts

Foot warts can be ugly and embarrassing. When you have foot warts, you may not want to take off your socks and shoes. Fortunately, they are easily treatable by your podiatrist.

Dr. Mukesh Bhakta and Dr. Anam Ali at Prince William Foot & Ankle Center offer a wide variety of foot and ankle services, including treatment of foot warts. They have two convenient office locations in Gainesville, and Dulles, VA, to help you.

Foot warts are caused by a virus, and they can:

  • Look like a callus
  • Appear as rough, scaly bumps
  • Have small black dots in the middle of them
  • Form on your toes, heels, soles, or forefeet
  • Develop into open sores if they are in the ridges and lines in your feet

Children and teenagers are at a higher risk of developing warts, but adults can develop them too. Your risk of developing warts also increases if:

  • You have a compromised immune system
  • You walk barefoot in public areas like showers, locker rooms, or gyms

For small foot warts, over-the-counter wart removal solutions may offer some relief. For stubborn warts that don’t respond to over-the-counter medications, it’s best to visit your podiatrist, who can help you get rid of foot warts permanently.

Professional treatments to remove warts include:

  • Applying topical stronger acid solution to remove the wart layer-by-layer with aggressive debridement
  • Prescription topical medications and compounding ointments
  • Using liquid nitrogen to freeze the wart
  • Using laser therapy to kill the virus and the cells forming the wart
  • Oral medications in children for stubborn warts

Foot warts can be unsightly and uncomfortable, but you don’t have to put up with them. Your podiatrist can help you get rid of warts permanently.

To learn more about the treatment of foot warts, call Dr. Mukesh Bhakta and Dr. Anam Ali at Prince William Foot & Ankle Center. You can reach them in the Gainesville, VA, or in the Dulles, VA, offices by calling (703) 753-3338. Call today.

By Prince William Foot & Ankle Center
March 05, 2021
Category: Foot Condition
Tags: warts  

If you notice an abnormal-looking callus on your foot it could be the sign of plantar warts, otherwise known as foot warts. Often these warts are mistaken for corns or calluses by the untrained eye. However, if you learn how to identify foot warts you will be better prepared to treat them. In some cases, warts can disappear on their own, but your Gainesville, VA, podiatrist Dr. Mukesh Bhakta could help you treat them faster and more effectively. Visit Prince William Foot & Ankle Center to treat your foot warts today!

Warts are caused by the human papillomavirus (HPV) which infects the outer layer of your skin. Foot warts specifically have a distinct appearance. They appear flat, unlike other warts which are usually raised. This is because the skin of the foot is thicker than other parts of the body. You may also notice that warts have a rough texture. Plantar warts can also be characterized by the black dots near the center which are its blood supply. If you are still unsure if your wart is a callus or not compare these identifying features.


  • Painful when squeezed on the sides
  • small black dots (blood supply)
  • Interrupts the skin lines


  • Painful when pushed into directly
  • No sign of black dots (no blood supply)
  • Skin line continues through the dead skin

Warts can be painful, especially when a large cluster forms on your sole. It can be difficult to treat these clusters so seek help from your Gainesville, VA, foot doctor at Prince William Foot & Ankle Center. Sent Treatment can involve OTC salicylic acid or cryotherapy. Warts can be contagious with direct contact. They can also become infected if they break the skin. If you want to treat warts right away call Dr. Bhakta for help. He uses multiple methods of treatment with aggressive acid cauterization, prescription medications, laser treatment, alternative methods, and surgical excision as a last resort.

Now that you know what foot warts look like you are prepared to handle them. You don't have to wait for them to go away, ask your podiatrist what treatment options could help you.

If you have foot warts call Dr. Bhakta at (703)753-3338. You can also visit Prince William Foot & Ankle Center in Gainesville, VA, for all your foot-related needs. Schedule an appointment today with our friendly and highly qualified podiatrist!

By Prince William Foot & Ankle Center
December 11, 2020
Category: Foot Care
Tags: warts  

If you are one of the unlucky ones susceptible to warts on your feet, then you know just how painful they can feel. Caused by a virus, they can pop up anywhere on your skin, including the skin on your feet. Those on the bottoms of your feet, called plantar warts, are usually the most painful. If you are suffering from warts on your feet, don’t try to treat them on your own. Call the Prince William Foot & Ankle Center in Gainesville, VA, to make an appointment with Dr. Mukesh Bhakta, a foot doctor who can diagnose and treat these agonizing growths.

Not All Warts Are Created Equal

While most warts are harmless, when left untreated they can grow and multiply, causing you more discomfort and pain. These clusters of warts form when you touch or scratch them. Untreated warts also can bleed. Although warts sometimes disappear on their own, they often reoccur in the same locations. Perhaps most distressing of all, plantar warts are so painful because they can grow on the weight-bearing areas of your foot, leading to a sharp, burning pain when you stand.

Don’t Treat Warts On Your Own if you have risk factors

Your Gainesville foot doctor does not recommend using over-the-counter products to treat warts if you have diabetes, cardiovascular disorders, or an active infection. 

Instead of self-treatment, consult your Gainesville-area foot doctor if you detect any suspicious growth on your foot. While people often mistake warts for corns or calluses, skin abnormalities sometimes pose a more serious concern, including carcinoma or melanoma.

Your Gainesville Foot Doctor Can Help

Once a wart diagnosis is made, your foot doctor will determine the best treatment for you. He may suggest prescription ointments or medications. However, in some cases, your wart may be removed using laser cautery, a procedure that burns and destroys the wart tissue.

Whether you think you have a wart or some other suspicious growth anywhere on your foot, call Dr. Mukesh Bhakta, your Gainesville, VA, foot doctor, today at Prince William Foot & Ankle Center at 703-753-3338. He will determine the best treatment plan for you.

By Prince William Foot & Ankle Center
April 02, 2018
Category: Foot health
Tags: warts  

Are you suffering from foot warts?warts

If you have foot warts and don't know how to treat them, then your best bet may be your, Gainesville, VA, podiatrist, Dr. Mukesh Bhakta.

What are foot warts?

Foot warts are usually mistaken for corns or calluses, which are layers of dead skin built up to protect an area constantly irritated. Viral infections cause warts that penetrate the skin through cuts and abrasions. On the upside, the majority of foot warts are not dangerous but painful.

What do they look like?

They are raised above the rest of your skin and fleshy, and are found anywhere on the foot or toes. Warts can sometimes disappear, then recur in the same place. If, however, they are left untreated, they can grow up to an inch or more in circumference and spread into clusters.

Who is like to get warts?

Children and teenagers are the most susceptible to warts. It's vital to ensure your children's feet are constantly clean and dried properly after a bath.

What's a common wart?

Plantar warts appear on the soles of the feet and are painful. They are hard, flat, maintain well-defined boundaries and a rough surface and. They vary in color but are usually gray or brown.

You can get plantar warts if you walk barefoot on dirty or littered surfaces. The virus that causes plantar warts thrives in warm, moist environments, making infection a common occurrence in public pools and locker rooms.

Plantar warts spread by touching, scratching, or contact with skin shed from someone who has the wart.

How do you prevent warts?

Here are a few tips to prevent warts:

  • Avoid direct contact with warts
  • Avoid walking barefoot, except on sandy beaches
  • Change your shoes and socks daily
  • Constantly check your children's feet
  • Keep your feet clean and dry

For more information on foot warts in the Gainesville, VA area call Prince William Foot & Ankle Center at (703) 753 3338 today!

By Prince William Foot & Ankle Center
November 20, 2015
Category: Foot health
Tags: warts  

While finding one or several warts on your foot can be uncomfortable, they do not pose a serious health risk, and can usually be treated through a few simple steps. Also known as plantar warts, they are caused when a particular strain of HPV (human papillomavirus) wartsenters the body through small cracks or cuts in the skin of the feet. In cases where the warts become painful and do not resolve on their own, it may become necessary to schedule an appointment with a podiatrist to have them removed.

What is the Difference Between a Foot Wart and a Corn or Callous?

At first glance, warts can resemble other common growths on the feet, like corns and callouses. Corns and callouses are layers of dead skin that grow over an area of the foot that has been irritated, usually by friction caused by ill-fitting shoes, and chafing from physical activities like running or hiking. Warts are the result of a viral infection.

Gainesville podiatrist Dr. Mukesh Bhakta, D.P.M., of Prince William Foot & Ankle Center recommends that patients with warts on the feet follow a few basic guidelines to help prevent the warts from spreading:

  • Warts thrive in warm, moist environments; therefore keeping the feet dry and clean should be a priority.
  • Try to minimize direct contact with the warts
  • Avoid walking barefoot, particularly on dirty surfaces like sidewalks
  • Wear clean socks and shoes every day

Most Common Symptoms of Plantar Warts

  • Fleshy, growth (lesion) on the bottom of the foot or toes, usually with black dots
  • Pain when pressure is applied during walking or standing
  • Changes in color
  • Does not heal on its own or grows back over time

If unsure whether a lesion on or around the feet or ankle is a wart, it is important to consult with a foot specialist.

Potential Complications from Plantar Warts

While the majority of cases of plantar warts are harmless, people with underlying health conditions and otherwise compromised immune systems should seek medical treatment and supervision for warts, specifically if you are suffering from diabetes, or taking medication for HIV/AIDS.

Are you suffering from painful plantar warts or other foot injury or condition? Contact the Prince William Foot & Ankle Center at 703-753-3338 to request a consultation with a podiatrist in Gainesville today!