Warts Can Drive You Wild

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If you have a painful growth on the bottom of your foot, chances are it’s a plantar wart. Plantar Warts are caused by the human papilloma virus that can be picked up anywhere: the pool, the gym, the locker room, even at a pedicure salon. Since they are viral, they can spread quickly through scratching, so it’s important to learn how to prevent them.

Prevention:

Keep your feet covered. Try to never walk barefoot, especially in public areas. Wear clean and dry socks. If you’re able, change your socks during the day to ensure they stay dry.

Keep your feet clean. Wash your feet daily with mild soap and warm water. Ensure they’re dried completely after washing.

Be mindful. Avoid touching warts you have and then touching any other part of your body. Since they are viral, they can spread from place to place.

If you notice a wart the bottom of your foot, it’s best to get it checked out by a professional foot care specialist. Podiatrists have a whole slew of treatments, depending on the size and location of the wart.

Treatments:

Medicine. Topical medication might be prescribed to break down and get rid of the wart.

Freezing. Liquid nitrogen is used to freeze and remove the wart completely.

Laser removal. A local anesthetic is applied before the wart is removed by laser.

Surgical removal. Warts can be also be surgically removed by a podiatrist. 

If you notice a wart on your foot, or any other growth or condition, it’s important to have it looked at by a podiatrist immediately. At Bay Podiatry Associates, PLLC,  can help you find the best path to treatment that suits your individual condition. Contact us today to schedule an appointment at our convenient Brooklyn office.