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Plantar Warts

Warts are outgrowths on the skin caused by the human papillomavirus (HPV) entering through small cuts or breaks in the skin.

They can appear on all parts of the body, but Dr. Castelein focuses on those found on the feet known as plantar warts. Typically, they are found on the balls and heels of the feet. Many times, pain or tenderness is noticed when walking or standing due to a buildup of the virus in the skin.

Dr. Castelein will easily diagnose the presence of a plantar wart by a clinical examination or by biopsy as necessary.

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Getting Rid Of Plantar Warts

Plantar Wart Treatment

Some plantar warts resolve naturally, but may take several months or even years to do so. Dr. Castelein offers various conservative treatment methods for plantar warts which aid in removing the wart and the underlying virus. If the warts are not responding to treatment or recur after treatment, Dr. Castelein may remove them surgically.

Salicylic Acid:

Dr. Castelein may utilize a topical medication containing salicylic acid. This treatment works by removing the wart a layer at a time. This medication may also increase your immune response and ability to fight the wart. This treatment is performed in our office and allows people to return to their normal activities. Dr. Castelein will recommend office visits to treat the wart every two to three weeks depending upon the progress made. 


Another option for wart treatment involves strategic blistering of the wart. Dr. Castelein will apply the topical medication to the wart in a controlled spot, triggering a blister to form under the skin.This treatment works to remove multiple layers of the wart through a mild blister. Eventually, the wart becomes detached and will fall off. This treatment is performed in our office and allows immediate results. Dr. Castelein will typically recommend office visits every two or three weeks to remove dead skin and wart until  the area is resolved.

Surgical Excision of Plantar Warts:

Dr. Castelein may recommend surgery when conservative treatments have failed or when the pain experienced or the the location of the wart interferes with daily activities. Dr. Castelein will ensure the area is numb before separating the affected tissue from the healthy tissue surrounding the wart. Next, specific tools are used to scoop out the entire wart and the area is dressed for optimum healing. A short recovery period is needed to allow for healthy skin to replace the wart area. 

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I'm so happy to have found Brighton Foot And Ankle in Brighton. The office staff and assistant are very pleasant. Dr. Bryant Castelein is a great knowledgeable Dr. Who has eased my worry over my medical condition. Plus he's handsome. I would highly recommend this practice for anyone needing podiatry help.
What great people to help you! From receptionist to doctor, they are top notch! You would not regret going here for any of your foot/ankle problems, they will fix you up with the utmost care and compassion.
Yo K
Dr. Castelein and staff were friendly, knowledgeable , efficient and took the time to get to know me and understand my medical needs. I would not hesitate to go to Brighton Foot & Ankle. They go out of their way to treat their patients like family.
Dr. Castelein is great; he is very nice, patient, and professional. His staff is also excellent and friendly. It's only been about three hours since having my big toenail removed and, with acetaminophen and ibuprofen, there is very little pain(sometimes I completely forget about it); he did an excellent job. Overall, I am very impressed with Dr. Casteleins Practice and I would highly recommend his office.
Doctor & staff were so professional, friendly & efficient. I had a high risk condition that they expertly guided me through 5 months of healing. Thankfully a full recovery. I give them my best recommendation.
Very friendly and accommodating front desk staff. Dr. Castelein and Jennifer always take their time and do an amazing job! Great variety of quick pick up over the counter products that are always affordable too. Best experience I have had at an office.
Dr. Castelein is very friendly and extremely knowledgeable in his field. During my visit he did a great job explaining my situation and was very encouraging of any questions. I never felt rushed and I believe to have received the best care possible. Highly recommend this doctor and this facility.
Nicole C
Excellent staff and exceptional doctor. I went in with Bunion issues. Dr. Castelein listened to my concerns and addressed my options. 4 days post-op bunion surgery I can say he did an amazing job. Best experience I have ever had. I would definitely recommend; I promise you won't look further.
The staff and Dr. Castelein are all amazing. They are polite and very respectful. I came to see them in 2019 for bunion and hammer toe issues among some others. Dr. Castelein and his assistant listened to my concerns and gave me my options. He explained everything to me in detail and all my questions were answered.. I have seen other podiatrists and he is beyond the best. I would recommend him to anyone.
Friendly staff and intelligent doctor! I went in for some ankle X-rays and was given a great strategy on the different ways to heal my ankle, and how to progress forward if less invasive treatment doesn't help. I would highly recommend them to anyone with foot or ankle problems!