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Do your feet hurt when you walk? Is the sensation similar to stepping on a pebble? You may have Verruca Plantaris, or plantar warts. These round, dotted, raised bumps typically appear on the soles of the feet, and yes, they can be unsightly and painful. At Advanced Foot and Ankle Center in McKinney, TX, and Prosper, TX, your podiatrists, Drs. Silvers, Lloyd, and Witt diagnose and treat warts so you enjoy clear, comfortable skin.
Causes of warts
Warts usually appear on the soles of the feet belonging to children, teens and the elderly. These flesh-colored bumps exhibit small dark dots--actually little blood clots--and affect the weight-bearing parts of the foot.
The Human Papillomavirus, or HPV, causes wart growth. As HPV is highly contagious and spreads by personal contact, so, too, do warts multiply. They may appear as solitary lesions, but when ignored, they morph into clusters or mosaics, says the American College of Foot and Ankle Surgeons.
At their McKinney, TX, and Prosper, TX, practice, your podiatrists diagnose and treat warts. Most warts have a thickened outer layer, or callus, and fortunately, they usually respond well to very conservative treatments, such as warm soaks at home and application of over-the-counter salicylic acid.
Other warts may require more involved treatments to remove them and keep them from spreading to other areas of the foot and remote parts of the body, such as the hands. These warts respond well to:
- Surgical excision with a scalpel
- Laser removal
- Cryotherapy, or cold therapy, a simple and quick application of chemical cold
Drs. Silvers, Lloyd and Witt suggest you prevent these ugly little foot bumps by:
- Washing your feet with soap and warm water daily
- Wearing flip-flops in public gyms and pool areas
- Never picking at existing warts
- Avoiding contact with someone else's warts
- Covering any scrapes or cuts you have on your feet (with band-aids and clean socks)
We can help your warts
No, warts are not fatal, but they are a painful, persistent nuisance. If you suspect you have some, please contact Advanced Foot and Ankle Center in McKinney or in Prosper for an appointment with one of our friendly podiatrists. We have ample office hours to accommodate your busy life. Call us at (972) 542-2155.
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.
What Causes Warts?
Got foot warts? Nearly everyone will have a wart at some point in their lives. Warts are typically small, hard skin growths caused by an infection with humanpallilloma virus. Foot warts are treatable. Foot warts are among the most common dermatologic conditions podiatrists treat. Read on to learn about the causes of warts.
An HPV Infection
Common warts are caused by by an HPV infection. Over 100 types of HPV exist. Certain types of HPV infection cause cervical cancer. Some types of HPV infection cause foot warts, while others cause warts that appear on the face, neck, or hands. Of the 100 types of HPV, about 60 cause common warts on areas such as the hands or feet.
Wart viruses are contagious. You can get foot warts from skin-to-skin contact with people who have warts. However, not all HPV strains are highly contagious. You can get the wart virus by touching an object that another person's wart touched, such as clothing, towels, shoes, or exercise equipment.
Breaks in Your Skin
HPV infects the top layer of skin and usually enters the body in an area of damaged or cut skin. Cuts from shaving can provide an avenue for infection. Getting a scrape can also bring on common warts. Foot warts are very common in swimmers whose feet are scratched by rough pool surfaces.
A Weak Immune System
In most cases, your immune system defeats an HPV infection before it creates a wart. Someone with a weakened immune system is more vulnerable and therefore more likely to develop warts. Immune systems can be weakened by HIV or by immunosuppressant drugs used after organ transplants.
If you want to get rid of foot warts, see your podiatrist as soon as possible. Many types of effective wart treatments are available. They include salicylic acid, cantharidin, cryotherapy, laser treatment, and surgery. Your podiatrist can help you get rid of foot warts once and for all!