Warts are caused by a virus which can invade the skin through small or invisible cuts and abrasions. Once they develop, warts can be painful. Children, especially teenagers, are more susceptible to warts than adults. Plantar warts are a viral infection often contracted by walking barefoot on dirty surfaces or littered ground. As the virus thrives in warm, moist, environments, communal bathing facilities are common sources of infection. Warts are highly contagious, spread by touching, scratching, or even by contact with skin shed from another wart.
Known issues : Though they can be painful, most warts are harmless. Rarely, other more serious legions can appear on the foot, such as melanomas, and be misidentified as warts. Plantar warts are typically hard and flat with a rough surface and well-defined borders. Consult your foot care physician as soon as you notice any suspicious growth or eruption on your feet.
What you can do :
- Avoid walking barefoot, except on sandy beaches
- Change shoes and socks daily
- Keep feet clean and dry
- Check children’s feet periodically
- Avoid direct contact with warts from other persons or from other parts of the body
- Do not ignore growths on, or changes in, your skin
- Visit your podiatric physician as part of your annual health checkup
Self-treatment is generally not advisable. Over-the-counter preparations contain acids or chemicals that destroy skin cells, and it takes an expert to destroy abnormal skin cells (warts) without also destroying surrounding healthy tissue. Self-treatment with such medications should be avoided especially by people with diabetes and those with cardiovascular or circulatory disorders. NEVER use them in the presence of an active infection.
What we can do : Options for treatment include prescribed and supervised us of a wart removal preparation, simple surgery with local anesthetic, laser surgery with local anesthetic.