What are Plantar Warts?
In general, warts are raised bumps on your skin caused by HPV (the Human Papillomavirus) and have been annoying people for thousands of years. They are usually not dangerous but can be painful, embarrassing, and potentially contagious.
Plantar warts, specifically, grow on the soles of your feet and, unlike other types of warts, grow into your skin rather than out from it. The HPV infection enters your body through tiny cuts in the bottoms of your feet and from there the warts will grow. The typical appearance of plantar warts is a small hole or lesion in the bottom of your foot, usually at the base of your toes and forefoot or heel. The skin around it will be thick and hard, and there may be black pinpoints near it. The wart may cause pain while you walk or stand.
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Plantar Wart Removal and Treatment
For the most part, plantar warts can go away without treatment, though it may be a painful process for that time. However, if you experience bleeding at the lesion site, extreme pain, or changes in color or appearance of the wart, it may be time to consult a foot care specialist such as those at Rogers Foot & Ankle.
Additionally, if you have tried home remedies for your wart and it still persists or gets worse, you may need a doctor to remove it for you. Those with weakened immune systems or conditions such as diabetes should definitely consult a physician to determine the best course of treatment for your plantar warts. If left untreated, the warts could have a serious impact on your gait or posture.
Wart Prevention Tips
Although warts have persisted for centuries, there are methods of preventing them from developing in your system. Here are some tips we believe will help you avoid having to deal with plantar warts:
- Direct contact with warts, yours or someone else’s, should be avoided at all costs. If you have touched them, be sure to wash your hands to prevent further contamination.
- Keeping your feet dry and clean as well as changing your socks daily is excellent for general hygiene and wart prevention.
- Avoid walking barefoot at pools and in locker rooms.
- Picking or scratching at warts, as with any wound, is never a good idea.
- Avoid cross-contamination between the warts and your healthy skin by keeping emery boards, pumice stone, nail clippers, and bath accessories separate.
If you have plantar warts and want a professional medical opinion on the best course of treatment, schedule your appointment with our foot and ankle specialists at Rogers Foot & Ankle.