Watch Out for Warts!

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            What do you think of when you think of warts? Do you think of frogs and witches’ noses? That’s how we often hear of warts in fairy tales, but, in real life, warts can grow in many places on your body including your feet. Foot warts grow most commonly on the plantar area of the foot, earning them the name plantar warts. In this blog, we’ll talk about what causes plantar warts, how you can prevent them, and how to treat them. cleaning

Where Do Warts Come From?

            Warts grow as a result of a skin infection known as human papillomavirus. Now, that name may make this condition sound scarier than it is. Although warts are caused by a virus, it isn’t the type of virus that will make you sick and bedridden for weeks on end. In fact, the virus that causes plantar warts is only a superficial infection, meaning it only affects the top layer of your skin and will have little impact on the rest of your body. If you don’t see your wart, you may not even know you have it.

How Can I Prevent Warts?

            Preventing plantar warts can be accomplished the same way you would fight off any other contagious infection. Keeping your feet covered and clean is the best way to make sure no warts plant their roots on your feet. For this reason, warts are more commonly seen in kids and teens who might spend more time playing with their shoes off. You can prevent warts from growing by:

  • Wearing shower shoes or flip-flops in public locker rooms – the virus thrives in these warm, damp environments.

  • Cleaning and covering any wounds, ulcers, or other openings in your skin where the virus could enter.

  • Never share shoes or socks with another person.

How Do I Treat Warts?

            The good news about warts is that they’re very manageable through conservative treatments and do not require surgery, even in extreme cases. Some common treatments include laser therapy, corrosion with salicylic acid, or freezing with cryotherapy.

            The best way to cure pesky plantar warts is to see your local podiatrist as soon as you notice the wart. If you’re located in South Brooklyn, near Bensonhurst or Bath Beach, stop in to Bay Podiatry Associates.  Our board-certified podiatrist Dr. Argirios Mantzoukas will assess your warts and find the treatment that suits you best. Make an appointment online or call our office in Brooklyn, NY, at (718) 266-1986 today.