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Plantar warts are a very common podiatric skin condition. At Advanced Foot, Ankle & Wound Care in Sterling Heights, MI, Dr. Samantha Gibson and Dr. Kyle Sundblad can treat these painful, ugly bumps on the soles of patients's feet. Warts can be treated, but also prevented.
Just what is a wart?
It's a circumscribed, rough bump of hardened skin. While warts appear on other areas of the body, such as the hands, plantar warts on the heel and other areas of the sole of the foot happen very frequently, and they can be painful.
Additionally, because they are caused by a virus--HPV, specifically--warts spread by person to person contact and by touching surfaces contaminated by the microbe. Yes, if you go barefoot outside or in a public shower area, you easily can become infected by HPV through a minute break in the skin.
What you can do about warts
As soon as you notice a solitary wart or a group of warts (mosaic warts) beginning to form, contact your podiatrist in Sterling Heights. Dr. Gibson or Dr. Sundblad will examine your feet and determine an appropriate course of treatment.
Common wart treatments may involve:
- In-office freezing (also called cryosurgery)
- Cautery (removing the warts with heat)
- Surgical excision (please, don't try this at home)
- Salicylic acid preparations, such as Compound W
- Laser removal
- Application of duct tape (the University of Michigan calls this tape occlusion)
Prevention, however, always is best. Good hygiene helps, including:
- Regular hand washing to avoid spreading HPV to other areas of your body and to other people
- Wearing sandals in the gym, locker room, and shower
- Wearing shoes outside
- Keeping your feet clean and changing socks daily
- Never sharing personal care items, such as towels or soap, with others, even family members
- Daily moisturizing of your feet to limit cracking
Be wart-free at last
As stubborn as plantar warts are, you can have clear skin again. Please contact Advanced Foot, Ankle & Wound Care in Sterling Heights. Dr. Sundblad and Dr. Gibson provide expert podiatric care you can trust. Phone us about your warts or any other foot or ankle issue: (586) 731-7873.
Oddly enough, there are a lot of Old Wives Tales and folk remedies surrounding warts. Perhaps you’ve even heard of some one them; however, if you end up dealing with one or clusters of these hard, skin-colored bumps you may be wondering how you got them and how to treat them. If you develop warts, particularly on the soles of your feet, this is something that your podiatrist can help you treat.
What are plantar warts?
All warts are the result of a virus that invades the skin through cuts or tiny open wounds. Warts, especially on the feet, can be mistaken for a corn or callus; however, unlike corns or calluses that often go away in a couple of weeks, it can take years for a wart to go away. During this time, warts can also spread to other areas of the body including the hands and face.
How do I know that I have plantar warts?
If you’ve never had a wart before you may not be able to distinguish this growth from other common foot problems. This is where a podiatrist can help. A foot doctor can diagnose warts through a simple physical exam. Plantar warts can cause pain, particularly when standing or walking. Patients who have diabetes or circulation problems in their feet should seek immediate medical care if they develop warts or experience any changes in their feet.
How are plantar warts treated?
While warts can go away on their own this can usually take years for the body to fight off the viral infection. Since plantar warts can be uncomfortable or even painful many people turn to a podiatrist to treat warts. The type of treatment that your foot doctor will recommend will depend on the size, amount and location of the wart or warts. Common wart treatments include:
- Medication: a special acid-based medication (e.g. salicylic acid) is applied to the skin where the acid will break down the wart. Several applications may be required over the course of several weeks in order to get rid of the wart.
- Freezing: sometimes warts can be frozen off through a procedure known as cryotherapy
- Curettage: this is the surgical removal of a wart using a special scalpel (local anesthesia is applied to the area to numb it before treatment)
- Laser: laser treatment can also be used to breakdown and destroy the wart
It’s important to protect your feet from potential reinfection. If you are prone to developing plantar warts then talk with your podiatrist about measures you can take to keep your feet healthy and free from infection.