Although foot warts—also known as plantar warts or verrucas—are usually harmless, they’re unsightly, painful, uninvited guests on your feet. They tend to be hard and flat with a rough gray or brown surface, and they can spread in clusters if left untreated.
Plantar warts are caused by an infection from the HPV virus on the soles of your feet. Because the virus thrives in warm, moist environments, it is often contracted from barefoot walking around locker rooms, public bathrooms, and swimming pools.
While anyone can contract the virus, verrucas most commonly affect:
- People with weak immune systems
- People who have previously contracted foot warts
- People who walk barefoot in public spaces
- Children and teens
In order to prevent the spread of warts, be sure to:
- Keep your feet clean and dry (warts thrive on moisture).
- Change your shoes and socks on a daily basis (to prevent the accumulation of sweat and bacteria).
- Avoid barefoot walking in public spaces (where warts are most commonly contracted).
Because children and teens are especially vulnerable to plantar warts, you should be sure to check their feet throughout the day when you visit the community pool.
Warts can be very resistant to treatment and have a tendency to reoccur in the same spots on your feet. Because they often destroy surrounding healthy foot tissue, podiatrists typically do not recommend over the counter treatments.
The Foot First Podiatry in New Albany offers cryotherapy, an amazingly quick and effective treatment for warts. Cryotherapy involves the use of a cold substance to essentially freeze off the wart and typically takes less than a minute.
For plantar wart treatments and more helpful information on foot care—including burning feet, bunion prevention, and corns and calluses—schedule an appointment with the Foot First Podiatry in New Albany. Our highly qualified podiatrist Dr. Zahid Ladha, D.P.M. is dedicated to providing the best diagnostic care and medical treatment for you and your feet. Contact us at (812) 945-9221 and schedule an appointment today!