Learn more about plantar warts, why you have them and how to treat them.
Are you or someone you know dealing with plantar warts? While these growths are completely harmless they can be annoying and uncomfortable. Of course, our Williamsburg and Hampton, VA, podiatrists Dr. Sara Bouraee and Dr. Mahmoud Salem understand that you may have questions about this common foot problem. Here are some of your most frequently answered questions regarding plantar warts.
What causes plantar warts?
Plantar warts, and warts in general, are the result of an infection known as the human papillomavirus (HPV). There are many different strains of HPV and only a few cause warts to develop. Plantar warts are warts that develop on the soles of the feet.
How do I know that a growth is a wart?
Plantar warts are usually flat growths that may look grainy or tough in texture. If you look closely enough you may even notice little black dots in the center of the wart (this is the wart’s blood supply). A wart may appear alone or in clusters; they may be small or they may become very large. Plantar warts most often appear on the heel or ball of the foot.
How is a plantar wart treated?
Plantar warts, just like any other wart, will go away over time without treatment; however, it can take a year or more for the wart to go away. One issue with plantar warts is that they can be uncomfortable or even painful when wearing shoes or walking. Furthermore, those with diabetes who develop a wart should see their foot doctor in Williamsburg and Hampton, VA, right away, as even minor problems can cause more serious complications if left untreated.
If you choose to seek treatment, your podiatrist has several options for removing the wart. Some treatment options include,
- Acid solutions to burn the wart off
- Laser treatment
- Cryotherapy (Freezing the wart)
Is there a way to prevent plantar warts?
Since this infection can be found just about anywhere it can be rather tricky to avoid getting warts. Of course, there are certain things you can do to reduce your chances of developing plantar warts. Some ways to reduce your risk is by,
- Moisturizing your feet and preventing cracks
- Keeping feet clean
- Wearing footwear in public showers, locker rooms, swimming pools and other warm, moist communal environments where HPV often lives
- Keeping any cuts of scrapes clean
- Wearing absorbent socks that wick away sweat, as well as changing socks immediately if they are sweaty
- Avoiding using towels, socks, shoes or other items of someone who is infected with warts
Hampton Roads Foot and Ankle Specialists have offices in Williamsburg and Hampton, VA, to provide you with the comprehensive foot care you need. If you are dealing with painful plantar warts call (757) 220-3311 today to schedule an appointment!