Plantar warts are soft tissue growths that occur on the bottom of your feet. Pressure causes them to grow inward and so they often become painful. Plantar warts are caused by the human papilloma virus (HPV). The virus enters the body through small breaks in the skin. Plantar warts are more common in children and teenagers, people with weakened immune systems, and people who walk barefoot in public showers, around swimming pools or locker rooms.
Dr. Kaplan treats plantar warts with cantharone. Cantharone is secreated by beetles and so this treatment is often referred to as “beetle juice treatment.” This causes the wart to blister which cuts off its blood supply and the wart drops off. Occasionally the wart needs to be surgically excised, and this is done in the office with local anesthesia.