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How Much Does Plantar Wart Removal Cost?

 
low costOver-the-Counter Remedies: $10-$20average costWith Health Insurance: Copays + 10%-50% Coinsurancehigh costWithout Health Insurance: $50-$8,000+
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A plantar wart is a growth on the sole of the foot, caused by a virus. In some cases, it can be hidden under a callus, and can be painful. Over-the-counter treatment can be very effective, but treatment at a doctor's office might be required in some cases.

Typical costs:

  • For patients with health insurance, the typical out-of-pocket cost for plantar wart removal consists of a copay or coinsurance of 10%-50%. Plantar wart removal typically is covered by health insurance.
  • For patients without health insurance, plantar wart removal typically costs less than $50 for over-the-counter salicylic acid treatment to less than $200 for prescription cream and less than $1,000 for laser treatment or cryotherapy. In rare cases in which surgery is required, costs could increase to $8,000 or more.
  • For example, over-the-counter gel, liquid or stick-on wart removal pads[1] cost about $10-$20 at Drugstore.com.
  • According to an overview of wart treatment from the American Academy of Family Physicians (AAFP), the prescription immune-stimulating cream Imiquimod costs about $177. Intralesional immunotherapy, in which the doctor injects an immune-stimulating drug, costs about $190. Laser therapy costs about $360 for the three necessary visits. Cryotherapy costs a total of about $610 for the initial visit and three follow-up visits.
  • At Saint Elizabeth Regional Medical Center in Nebraska, excision of a benign lesion on the feet[2] costs about $3,500-$7,500 or more, not including the doctor fee.
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What should be included:
  • In some cases, such as when a plantar wart is not painful, a doctor might recommend no treatment or at-home treatment. In many cases, plantar warts go away on their own within a few years.
  • The recommended treatment to try first for plantar warts, according to a guide to warts from the American Academy of Family Physicians, is salicylic acid. It is available over the counter and must be applied daily to cause blistering of the skin to remove the wart.
  • If that treatment does not work, the recommended treatments to try next for plantar warts, according to the AAFP, are cryotherapy, in which a doctor applies liquid nitrogen to freeze off the wart; intralesional immunotherapy, in which the doctor injects an immune-stimulating drug to help the body clear the wart; or laser treatment. In rare cases, a doctor might surgically remove the wart, but this can be very painful and cause scarring. The Mayo Clinic offers an overview of plantar wart treatment[3] .
Additional costs:
  • In some cases, plantar warts return and treatment must be repeated.
Discounts:
  • Many hospitals and doctors give discounts of up to 35% or more to uninsured/cash-paying patients. For example, UC Health[4] in Cincinnati offers a 40% discount.
  • Some podiatrists offer discounts on their websites. For example, Primera Podiatry, in Atlanta, has a monthly special[5] that include $200 off laser treatment for toenail fungus.
Shopping for plantar wart removal:
  • A podiatrist should treat a plantar wart. The American Podiatric Medical Association offers a podiatrist locator[6] . It is important to make sure the podiatrist is certified by the American Board of Podiatric Medicine[7] or the American Board of Podiatric Surgery[8] , depending on their area of specialty.
Material on this page is for informational purposes only and should not be construed as medical advice. Always consult your physician or pharmacist regarding medications or medical procedures.
 
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