If you spend a lot of time in gym locker rooms or at swimming pools, you may end up noticing growths on the bottom of your feet. These are known as plantar warts. They are caused by a virus (human papillomavirus or HPV) that infects the soles of your feet. HPV is transmitted by direct contact, and an open sore or crack on the feet may increase your chances of infection. The wart looks like a flat spot on the skin with a depressed area in the center. It may be yellow and have a black spot in the middle. Treatments include applying salicylic acid to the area, liquid nitrogen to freeze the wart, or simply having the wart removed surgically. Plantar warts have a habit of coming back, so adhering to treatment is essential. Prevention techniques include wearing foot coverings in pools, locker rooms, or dorms, as well as keeping the infected area covered and washing your hands frequently to avoid spreading the virus to other parts of your body. To find out more about the treatment and removal of plantar warts, a visit to a podiatrist is highly suggested.
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.
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.
If you have any questions please feel free to contact our office located in Mill Creek, WA. We offer the newest diagnostic and treatment technologies for all your foot and ankle needs.