While not a cause for concern, warts might be irritating, embarrassing, or spread to other areas of your body when left untreated. At Littleton Foot and Ankle Clinic, PLLC, in Littleton, Colorado, board-certified podiatrist Alfred Kwon, DPM, and his exceptional staff remove warts to give you healthier-looking skin and the confidence you deserve. Call the office to schedule an appointment or request one online today.

Warts Q & A

What are warts?

Warts are tiny growths caused by a virus. They develop on the skin and often appear on your fingers, hands, feet, or toes. While they’re not dangerous, you might not like how warts look or feel. They can increase in size and quantity if you don’t remove them.

What are the symptoms of warts?

Common symptoms of warts include:

  • White, tan, pink, or flesh-colored growths
  • Fleshy, grainy bumps
  • Growths with black pinpoints
  • Small bumps that increase in size
  • Growths that spread to other areas

Clotted blood vessels appear as tiny black dots in the center of warts. Picking at warts or touching them can cause them to spread.

What are the risk factors for warts?

Anyone can develop warts because they spread from person to person through touch, or through breaks in the skin. Risk factors for getting warts include being a child, having a weak immune system, touching warts, sharing shoes, or walking barefoot in public areas.

How does my doctor diagnose warts?

Dr. Kwon diagnoses warts after examining them on your feet or toes. He might scrape off the top layer of a wart and look for dark dots, or remove a small section of a wart and send it to a lab for analysis. Doing so detects or rules out other types of skin growths.

How are warts removed?

The experts at Littleton Foot and Ankle Clinic remove warts using a variety of methods, such as:


Cantharidin is a substance that eliminates warts by removing them layer by layer. Dr. Kwon may combine cantharidin with other techniques or treatments.

Minor surgery

Dr. Kwon offers minor surgery to remove bothersome warts and prevent them from returning. You might have a small scar in the treatment area after the procedure, but it often fades in time.

To get treated, call the Littleton Foot and Ankle Clinic or request an appointment online today.

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