That pebble that won’t shake out of your sneaker may just be a plantar wart instead! With the upcoming Knights of Columbus Holiday Run in Wappingers Falls this weekend runners often say that the most annoying thing that happens while participating in a race is getting a pebble in their shoe. When you shake out your shoe and nothing comes take a look at the bottom of your foot.  Surprisingly, it might not be a pebble, but a wart that may be causing that feeling!


You get a wart from a virus called the Human Papilloma Virus, or HPV, which enters your skin through tiny cracks or scratches, most of which you can’t even see. Once inside, the virus can stay inactive for up to 20 months before actually forming a wart, although they usually show up faster than that.

The term “plantar wart” is used for warts that appear on the bottoms of your feet. Once you are infected with the virus and it becomes active, it creates a thickened, hard bump on the inside of your skin. It is frequently in areas that you put a lot of weight on, and can be very painful. People often say “It feels like I have a pebble in my shoe” or “I feel like I am stepping or walking on a rock or a pebble.”


The best way to avoid getting a plantar wart is to be aware of where the virus lives. HPV likes warm, moist environments such as the floor of the locker room, public showers, and public swimming areas. Always wear  shoes or non skid flip-flops in these areas to prevent one of these nasty viruses from getting under your skin.

The good news is that Hollowbrook Foot Specialists in Wappingers Falls, NY has a lot of experience with treating warts, especially plantar ones. After reviewing your medical history, we will discuss treatment options that may include in office application of a potent topical medication, or numbing up the area and removing the wart.

Warts in general are very difficult to get rid of, so it is a good idea to schedule an appointment when you begin to notice any symptoms that point towards a plantar wart. The best outcomes are usually seen in patients who get treatment early on.

By David Schlam

Your Top-Rated & New Favorite Podiatrist In Wappingers Falls, NY

Always arrive to a pleasant cheerful staff! They make you feel welcome and get you situated quickly! The Doctor is friendly and makes your feet feel great! I travel a bit to get to this office, but it is so worth it! The staff is always helpful and customizes my appointments to my needs!

- Bob D.

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GREAT EXPERIENCE!!!! Very nice, friendly, and thorough doctor. Wonderful staff too! Very clean office. They fit me into there schedule the same day. They recognized my issue right away and got me out of discomfort painlessly.

- Jordan C.

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You will not find a better podiatrist than Dr. Schlam. I have been seeing him for over twenty years and he has been a godsend for my foot pain. If only I could give six stars...

- John M.

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Great experience. They got my son in as soon as possible as made sure his foot was ok. Will definitely use them again!

- Irene T.

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The best health care experience. The staff and nurses are super friendly and Dr. Schlam is very good. I highly recommend Hollowbrook Foot Specialists.

- Bob D.

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Our Wappingers Falls
Podiatry Office
89 E. Main Street
Wappingers Falls, NY 12590

Phone: 845-298-9074

Office Hours:
Monday: 9am - 5pm
Tuesday: 9am - 5pm
Wednesday: 9am - 5pm
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