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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.
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!
How your podiatrists in Williamsburg, VA, can help your feet
Plantar warts can be unsightly and embarrassing. The good news is, your podiatrist can help you get rid of plantar warts and get back to having beautiful feet. Drs. Sara M. Bouraee and Mahmoud A. Salem at Hampton Roads Foot and Ankle Specialists can treat plantar warts and other foot, toe, and ankle issues. They have two convenient office locations in Williamsburg, and Hampton, VA.
Plantar warts are caused by exposure to a virus. They usually show up as a cluster of hard, rough bumps on your foot and can appear on your toes, heels, soles, or forefeet. According to the Mayo Clinic, plantar warts can:
- Look like a callus
- Have small, black dots (clotted blood vessels)
- Result in open sores if they occur in the ridges and lines in your feet
- Cause problems standing or walking because they can cause pain
Warts are more common among children and teenagers, but they can affect everyone. You are at greater risk of getting warts if your immune system is compromised, or you go barefoot in public pool areas, gyms, locker rooms, and showers.
You can try over-the-counter wart removing solutions, but these may not help. The best treatment to get rid of plantar warts comes from your podiatrist. At Hampton Roads Foot and Ankle Specialists, they offer several effective treatments for plantar warts. They may recommend:
- Topical salicylic acid to peel away layers of the wart
- Liquid nitrogen to freeze the wart
- Laser treatment to eliminate the wart
Don’t suffer with plantar warts! You can get relief from your podiatrist, the expert on foot care, including wart removal. To find out more about how to get rid of warts and clear up your feet, call Drs. Sara M. Bouraee and Mahmoud A. Salem at Hampton Roads Foot and Ankle Specialists, with offices in Williamsburg, and Hampton, VA. Call today and clear up your feet!
Like adults, children and adolescents can experience a variety of foot and ankle problems. Many foot problems, such as flat foot, are congenital, while problems like heel pain are usually the result of an injury.
Due to your child’s rapidly growing bones and tendons, many symptoms associated with foot and ankle problems can go unnoticed. For this reason, it is important parents pay attention to even subtle symptoms. Thorough, regular exams of your child's feet by a podiatrist may detect an underlying defect or condition and help minimize problems later in life.
Common Foot Problems
Children can experience a variety of foot problems, many of which go away as the child’s feet become more developed. This includes pigeon toes, flat feet and knock knees. In most cases, these congenital foot and leg problems do not require any medical intervention.
Plantar warts are common in children, especially during warm months when kids are more likely to walk barefoot. Forming on the bottom of the feet, these warts are caused by a virus that enters the skin, most often in public areas such as pools or locker rooms. The condition can be very uncomfortable — like walking on a small pebble or stone — but is also highly preventable and treatable.
Ankle sprains are very common foot injuries for active kids, especially those who participate in sports. Sprains occur when the ligaments supporting the ankle are stretched or torn. Mild ankle sprains heal with treatment, while severe tearing may require more extensive care, including extended immobilization followed by physical therapy. As a general rule, rest, ice, compress and elevate the child’s ankle immediately following the injury.
Ingrown toenails occur when one or both sides of the nail begin to break through and grow into the soft skin of the toe. This can lead to painful irritation and infection. Common causes of ingrown toenails include poorly fitting footwear, toe injuries or poor nail trimming. Caught early, a child’s ingrown toenail can be treated at home, but if the pain persists or the condition worsens, treatment by a podiatrist is necessary to eliminate the infection.
Choose Proper Footwear
Many pre-existing foot conditions can be relieved and new problems prevented by simply ensuring your child is wearing proper shoes. Shoes that are too tight can cause blisters, calluses and corns on the toes and heels. Ingrown toenails can also develop and become infected. A child’s feet are constantly growing and developing, so it may be necessary to change shoe size every few months. Additionally, shoes have a tendency to lose proper cushioning and arch support over time. Footwear that shows a lack of shock absorption or wear and tear should also be replaced to reduce the risk for injuries.
If you notice your child limping, constantly rubbing their feet, tripping frequently or consistently complaining of foot pain, then have them examined by your podiatrist or physician. Many problems can be easily identified and treated, and early intervention is the key.
Plantar warts are benign growths that develop on the bottom of your feet, and are caused by direct contact with the human papilloma virus (HPV). This is the same virus that causes warts on other areas of the body. Some people are more susceptible than others to HPV, and not everyone will develop plantar warts if they come into contact with the virus. Individuals with weak immune systems or damaged skin on the feet are at a higher risk for plantar warts.
Plantar warts most often develop on the weight-bearing areas of the foot - the heel or the ball of the foot - causing sharp, burning pain. They can appear as a single wart (solitary) or a cluster of warts (mosaic). Common symptoms may include:
- Pain or discomfort when walking or standing
- Thick, scaly skin that often resembles a callus
- Hard, flat growths with well-defined boundaries
- Tiny black specks (clotted blood vessels) that often appear on the surface of the wart
Most warts disappear with home care and do not require medical treatment. You can take steps to prevent and treat plantar warts, which include:
- Changing your shoes and socks daily
- Keeping your feet clean and dry
- Avoid picking at warts as the virus may spread
- Avoid direct contact with an individual who has plantar warts
- Checking your child's feet periodically
- Refrain from walking barefoot, especially in public areas like showers, swimming pools and locker rooms
- Never ignore skin growths or changes in your skin
You should always seek care from a podiatrist when warts interfere with your daily life, aren't responding to home treatments, or if you have circulatory disorders. Contact us if your warts:
- Change color or shape
- Cause unbearable pain and discomfort
- Interfere with activities
- Multiply or reappear
Without treatment, plantar warts can grow, spread and prompt new warts to grow as fast as the old ones disappear. If you can't confidently identify a growth on your foot, visit your podiatrist to ensure a correct diagnosis. Early diagnosis and treatment can decrease the risk of the wart spreading and multiplying.