Posts for tag: Warts

By Dr. Kyle Sundblad
January 21, 2022
Category: Foot Conditions
Tags: Warts  

Although a common wart on your hands or feet is embarrassing, ugly, and in some cases contagious, they are usually not dangerous. However, genital warts in Sterling Heights, MI can lead to serious problems if left untreated. Learn more about the common types of warts today from Dr. Kyle Sundblad and Dr. Sadegh Arab at Advanced Foot, Ankle, and Wound Care/Advanced Bunion Institute of Michigan.

Types of Common Warts

A wart can appear anywhere on your body, but it usually shows up on your hands, fingers, and toes. Most warts appear grayer than your skin with a raised, rough-looking surface. In some cases, they have a rounded top. Here are the most common warts you'll find on your body:

Flat Warts

Usually found on your face, feet, or thighs, this form of wart is typically small and hardly noticeable. Most of these warts are pink or slightly brownish in color, and in some cases appear yellow.

Plantar Warts

Commonly found on your feet (usually the soles), this wart doesn't grow out of your skin. If you have what looks like a small hole in the bottoms of your feet, it is typically a plantar wart. In some cases, they can make walking uncomfortable.

Filiform Warts and Periungual Warts

This type of wart grows around your nose or mouth or under your chin. Often shaped like a tiny flap, this form of wart is usually similar in color to your skin. Periungual warts grow around your fingernails and toenails and can impact nail growth.

What Causes Warts?

Different strains of the human papillomavirus, also known as HPV, are the leading cause of warts (including genital warts). There are over 150 different types of HPV, and everyone has come in contact with a virus in the HPV family at some point. Opening doors, shaking hands, or using the keypad on an ATM can lead to contact with an HPV virus.

What Are Genital Warts?

Found around the skin on a person's genitals, this form of wart usually occurs through sexual interaction. Genital warts are classified as a sexually transmitted disease – but they generally aren't dangerous unless they're left untreated. In some cases, people have developed various types of cancer by leaving their genital warts untreated. Schedule a consultation with our team today if you suspect you've been exposed to genital warts in Sterling Heights, MI.

To learn more about the causes, treatments, and outcomes of warts in Sterling Heights, MI, contact Dr. Sundblad or Dr. Arab and the team at Advanced Foot, Ankle and Wound Care/Advanced Bunion Institute of Michigan by calling (586) 731-7873.

By Dr. Kyle Sundblad
June 03, 2021
Category: Foot Conditions
Tags: Warts  

Warts are small growths that can form anywhere on the skin but are especially common on the hands and feet. Although they are generally harmless and usually clear up on their own eventually, warts can spread so it is best to seek treatment to prevent them from affecting other areas of the body. Dr. Kyle Sundblad and Dr. Sadegh Arab, the experienced podiatrists at Advanced Foot, Ankle, & Wound Care in Sterling Heights, MI, diagnose and treat warts. They can recommend the right treatment to clear up your warts as quickly as possible.

Types of Warts

Warts develop as a result of an infection caused by one of the many strains of the human papillomavirus (HPV). The virus prompts the body to produce an excess amount of keratin in the top layer of the skin. This growth of keratin results in the formation of a wart.

There are many different types of warts. Some of the most common types include:

Plantar Warts: This type is often referred to as foot warts since they tend to form on the soles of the feet. Plantar warts are typically flat, hard, and rough with a cluster of small black dots in the center of each wart. These black dots are clotted blood vessels. Plantar warts can cause pain and discomfort when standing or walking since they form on the bottom of the feet. Walking around barefoot in warm, damp areas, such as public pools or locker rooms, increases the risk of developing plantar warts.

Flat Warts: This type can develop in different areas of the body. Flat warts are usually quite small in comparison to other types of warts. They also tend to be much smoother than other warts. Additionally, flat warts form in groups or clusters rather than as a single isolated wart.

Common Warts: This type usually develops on the hands and fingers, but can also appear on the feet as well. Common warts are hard, rough, and raised rather than flat.

Wart Treatment and Prevention

Most warts will eventually clear up on their own, but it is best to treat them for faster results. You should also seek treatment if the warts have spread or are causing pain and discomfort. Over-the-counter wart treatment remedies are available but do not deliver results as quickly as professional treatment. At our office in Sterling Heights, MI, wart treatments include oral and topical medications, acid treatments, laser therapy, and cryotherapy, which involves freezing warts to remove them. Our skilled podiatrists can recommend the right treatment for your warts.

There are several steps you can take to prevent warts from returning in the future. Tips for preventing warts include:

  • Avoid walking barefoot at public pools, bathrooms, and locker rooms
  • Refrain from sharing personal items with others who have warts
  • Wear breathable shoes that fit properly and are not too tight
  • Keep the feet clean and dry
  • Avoid biting fingernails

We offer several methods for treating and removing warts quickly. Schedule an appointment with Dr. Sundblad or Dr. Arab for the treatment of your warts by calling Advanced Foot, Ankle, & Wound Care in Sterling Heights, MI, at (586) 731-7873, or (586) 979-0560.

By Dr. Kyle Sundblad
June 10, 2020
Category: Foot Care
Tags: Warts  

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.

By Dr. Kyle Sundblad
January 22, 2020
Category: Podiatry
Tags: Warts   Plantar Warts  

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.

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