Plantar Wart Specialist

Tad Borland, DPM, MS -  - Podiatric Foot and Ankle Surgeon

Step Right Podiatry

Tad Borland, DPM, MS

Podiatric Foot and Ankle Surgeon located in Ambridge, PA

Those small growths that develop on your heels or balls of your feet, known as plantar or foot warts, can quickly become uncomfortable without proper treatment. With his expertise in modern foot wart solutions, Tad Borland, DPM, MS, of Step Right Podiatry in Ambridge, Pennsylvania, can help. Dr. Borland can resolve even the most stubborn of plantar warts, so you won’t have to live another day in discomfort. Book your plantar wart evaluation online or call the clinic directly.

Plantar Wart

Why do I have plantar warts?

Plantar warts are tiny growths that tend to form on weight-bearing areas of your feet, such as your heels or near the bottom of your toes. A viral infection known as human papillomavirus (HPV) causes them. This infection can enter your body through a tiny cut or weak spot in your skin.

Usually, you come into contact with the HPV virus by walking barefoot in gym locker rooms or on pool decks. After all, viral infections thrive in warm, moist environments. It’s also possible to become infected with HPV by sharing socks or shoes with someone who has an infection.

While anyone of any age can certainly become infected with wart-causing HPV, you’re more likely to develop foot warts if you:

  • Are younger (they’re common in teens and children)
  • Have a weakened immune system
  • Previously had warts


Plantar warts can cause a wide variety of issues, making it important to be able to recognize the signs and symptoms early on and get treatment before they spread.

What are the symptoms of plantar warts?

You can develop a single plantar wart or a cluster of them. As the virus spreads, it’s more common to notice more and more warts popping up. Plantar warts often:

  • Have a black pinpoint center
  • Cause soreness or tenderness
  • Develop thickened calluses over them


Because plantar warts can be stubborn to treat on your own, it’s best to head to Step Right Podiatry to get clinical-grade treatment solutions before your warts spread.

How are plantar warts treated?

Dr. Borland offers several types of plantar wart treatments, depending on the severity of your outbreak. Some of the most effective foot wart treatments include:

  • Prescription-strength salicylic acid treatments
  • Freezing therapy treatments (cryotherapy)
  • Pulsed-dye laser treatments
  • Antiviral medications


Dr. Borland helps you determine which treatment is right for you. In some cases, you might benefit from several different types of plantar wart treatments, especially if you have stubborn warts that aren’t responding to a single treatment.

Schedule your plantar wart treatment appointment at Step Right Podiatry today. You can request an appointment online or call the office to book.