Plantar warts can cause a considerable amount of pain and discomfort. They occur when the human papillomavirus, which is abbreviated as HPV, enters the body through small cracks in the skin on the feet. They are found on the soles of the feet and grow inward as a result of the weight the feet endure while walking and running, possibly causing severe pain. A plantar wart is a small bump with a rough consistency, and it often has small black dots in the center. Certain people may be prone to getting a plantar wart, including people who have a weakened immune system, or it may come from sharing shoes, towels, and socks. There are various treatment methods that can be used on plantar warts, and it is suggested that you confer with a podiatrist who can determine what the best course of treatment is for you.
Plantar warts can be very uncomfortable. If you need your feet checked, contact Dr. Kennedy Legel from Advanced Foot & Ankle Care Specialists. Our doctor will assist you with all of your foot and ankle needs.
About Plantar Warts
Plantar warts are the result of HPV, or human papillomavirus, getting into open wounds on the feet. They are mostly found on the heels or balls of the feet.
While plantar warts are generally harmless, those experiencing excessive pain or those suffering from diabetes or a compromised immune system require immediate medical care. Plantar warts are easily diagnosed, usually through scraping off a bit of rough skin or by getting a biopsy.
- Lesions on the bottom of your feet, usually rough and grainy
- Hard or thick callused spots
- Wart seeds, which are small clotted blood vessels that look like little black spots
- Pain, discomfort, or tenderness of your feet when walking or standing
- Electric tool removal
- Laser Treatment
- Topical Creams (prescription only)
- Over-the-counter medications
To help prevent developing plantar warts, avoid walking barefoot over abrasive surfaces that can cause cuts or wounds for HPV to get into. Avoiding direct contact with other warts, as well as not picking or rubbing existing warts, can help prevent the further spread of plantar warts. However, if you think you have developed plantar warts, speak to your podiatrist. He or she can diagnose the warts on your feet and recommend the appropriate treatment options.
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