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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.
Skin cancer is widely known to affect areas of the body that are regularly exposed to the sun’s harmful ultraviolet radiation like the arms, hands, face, and neck. Unfortunately, even areas of your body that don’t get a lot of UV exposure can develop cancerous skin lesions since they can also be caused by chemicals and viruses.
Cancers of the feet and ankle can be the most deadly because they often go undetected until the cancer has spread. Different types of skin growths can look similar so it’s a good idea to have any anomalies like warts, eczema, and fungal or bacterial infections checked by your foot doctor to make sure they are not malignant.
2 types of cancer that can occur on your feet include the following:
- Basal cell carcinoma—Basal cell skin cancer is not as potentially deadly as melanoma since it rarely spreads far beyond the place that it first appears. The lesions also happen on the surface and can look like small open cuts or shiny lumps. Even though this cancer isn’t very aggressive it can still cause localized problems when not treated early enough.
- Melanoma—This is often the most deadly of cancers because it can have a limited surface area but continue to grow inward where it can go undetected and spread to other parts of the body. Malignant melanoma can occur underneath the toenails where it can be very difficult to identify and it can have a similar appearance to moles, blood blisters, and other skin conditions, so don’t take any chances.
Since cancerous skin growths can look like other benign skin conditions be sure to see your foot doctor for the proper diagnosis and treatment. 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!
What Causes Warts?
Got foot warts? Nearly everyone will have a wart at some point in their lives. Warts are typically small, hard skin growths caused by an infection with humanpallilloma virus. Foot warts are treatable. Foot warts are among the most common dermatologic conditions podiatrists treat. Read on to learn about the causes of warts.
An HPV Infection
Common warts are caused by by an HPV infection. Over 100 types of HPV exist. Certain types of HPV infection cause cervical cancer. Some types of HPV infection cause foot warts, while others cause warts that appear on the face, neck, or hands. Of the 100 types of HPV, about 60 cause common warts on areas such as the hands or feet.
Wart viruses are contagious. You can get foot warts from skin-to-skin contact with people who have warts. However, not all HPV strains are highly contagious. You can get the wart virus by touching an object that another person's wart touched, such as clothing, towels, shoes, or exercise equipment.
Breaks in Your Skin
HPV infects the top layer of skin and usually enters the body in an area of damaged or cut skin. Cuts from shaving can provide an avenue for infection. Getting a scrape can also bring on common warts. Foot warts are very common in swimmers whose feet are scratched by rough pool surfaces.
A Weak Immune System
In most cases, your immune system defeats an HPV infection before it creates a wart. Someone with a weakened immune system is more vulnerable and therefore more likely to develop warts. Immune systems can be weakened by HIV or by immunosuppressant drugs used after organ transplants.
If you want to get rid of foot warts, see your podiatrist as soon as possible. Many types of effective wart treatments are available. They include salicylic acid, cantharidin, cryotherapy, laser treatment, and surgery. Your podiatrist can help you get rid of foot warts once and for all!
While we often think of skin cancer as affecting areas of the body that are most often exposed to the sun like your hands, face, and neck, you should also check your feet and ankles for signs of skin cancer since these tumors can be caused by chemicals and viruses, as well as from excessive exposure to ultraviolet light.
Three of the most common skin cancers that can occur on your feet include:
Basal cell cancer—Although this type of cancer is considered to be one of the least aggressive it is still important to have any lesions, bumps, or recurring wounds inspected by your foot specialist to ensure they are not malignant.
Squamous cell cancer—This is one of the varieties of skin cancer that frequently mimics other skin conditions, especially plantar warts, eczema and foot fungus. Squamous cell cancer grows very slowly and doesn’t start to spread until after it has reached an advanced stage. You will not notice any pain with this type of cancer, but it can cause severe itching.
Malignant melanoma—This is, unfortunately, one of the deadliest forms of skin cancer because it can go unnoticed and grow into the surrounding tissue where it can then spread to other parts of the body through the lymph nodes. Melanomas can also occur on the soles and balls of the feet and under the toenails. These cancers often look like bruises, warts, moles, or blood blisters.
Cancers on the feet often look like other skin conditions, so it is essential to have an exam done by your podiatrist for the proper diagnosis. Schedule an appointment with the Foot First Podiatry in New Albany, IN. Our highly qualified podiatrist Dr. Zahid Ladha 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!