Posts for tag: Plantar Warts
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.
Since young children may not always be able to effectively communicate a foot or ankle problem, it’s important to pay attention to the way your child moves. Walking on the toes, limping, and foot-dragging are indications that he or she is suffering from some type of foot or ankle disease or injury. Be sure to take your child to see your foot doctor to accurately determine what is happening.
3 common childhood foot conditions include the following:
- Sever’s disease—When the growth plate on your child’s heel becomes painful and swollen, it may be a sign of Sever’s disease. This usually happens between the ages of eight and fourteen when the bone growth plates are still developing. Sporting and exercise activities often have to be curtailed until the plates are fully formed.
- Ingrown toenails—This is a problem common in adults as well as kids. When a toenail grows incorrectly into the tender skin on the edge of the toe, it can quickly become painful and debilitating. Shoes and socks that are too tight can cause this to happen. Also, be sure to cut your child’s toenails correctly to minimize the formation of ingrown toenails. Always cut straight across or on a slight curve and don’t cut them too short.
- Plantar warts—Warts are the common and often bumpy skin condition that is caused by the human papilloma virus. Plantar warts grow on the bottom of the foot and are often hidden from view by thickened skin. A bump under the skin may indicate the presence of a plantar wart, and your child may have pain and discomfort when pressure is applied.
If your child is walking oddly or complaining of pain in the foot or ankle, your foot doctor can make the proper diagnosis and treatment recommendations. Schedule an appointment with the Foot First Podiatry Center in New Albany, IN. 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!
Plantar warts grow in the plantar fascia on the bottom of the foot and frequently occur in the heel or ball area. The pressure from walking on your foot can cause warts to grow inward and be hidden under a thick layer of skin which makes them very hard to identify and treat.
Plantar warts can be mistaken for other skin problems including cancerous lesions, which is why you should have them checked out by your foot doctor to get the correct diagnosis.
Treatment methods for plantar warts include:
- Cryotherapy—Your foot doctor applies liquid nitrogen to the wart to freeze the skin so the wart breaks off in large pieces. This treatment can be combined with chemical peeling to completely eradicate the wart.
- Antiviral medication—HPV(human papillomavirus) is actually the cause of these warts, and killing the virus with medication can be an excellent way to prevent warts, but there are possible side effects that you should discuss with your foot doctor.
- Chemical peel—Acid is used to gradually peel away layers of the wart. Home treatment kits for this purpose are available, but to get the full strength version you need a prescription from your podiatrist.
You can help prevent getting plantar warts by practicing good hygiene. Keep your feet clean and dry and always wear shower shoes or sandals in public areas like locker rooms and showers to help minimize your contact with the human papillomavirus.
If you are experiencing complications with plantar warts, see your podiatrist for the best solution. Schedule an appointment with the Foot First Podiatry Center in New Albany, IN. Our highly qualified podiatrist Dr. Zahid Ladha is committed 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!
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!
Plantar warts are a contagious skin infection caused by the HPV virus, which thrives in environments that are warm and moist, such as public pools or locker rooms. Plantar warts affect the soles of your feet and can spread quickly throughout your body. Solutions for treating plantar warts involve surgical removal, liquid nitrogen freezing or cryotherapy, and CO2 laser. Protect your feet from plantar warts by wearing footwear in public areas with open sources of water, keeping your feet clean and dry, and refrain from picking at your warts if you have contracted them.
If not treated properly, plantar warts can exacerbate and become debilitating. If you would like medical assistance regarding plantar wart treatment, consult with Dr. Zahid Ladha of Foot First Podiatry. Our doctor will provide you with the foot- and ankle information you seek.
About Plantar Warts
Plantar warts are the result of human papillomavirus (HPV) getting into the feet through tiny cuts or abrasions. Typically, plantar warts are contracted through walking barefoot on dirty surfaces since the virus thrives in warm and moist environments. They are mostly found on the heels or balls of the feet.
While plantar warts are generally harmless, those experiencing excessive pain, 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.
- Legions 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, will help prevent the further spread of plantar warts. If you think you have developed plantar warts, it is best 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 contact our office located in New Albany, NY. We offer the newest diagnostic and treatment technologies for all your foot care needs.