Plantar warts grow into the skin on the bottom of your foot and often the only sign that they are there is a painful spot that hurts when you walk on it. The skin over the area may look slightly darker or lighter, but the sharp burning pain upon weight bearing is often the major symptom. Plantar warts are caused by the human papilloma virus which is a very contagious pathogen found in public pool areas, locker rooms, and showers. Children and teenagers are more susceptible to developing these warts, as are individuals with compromised immune systems.
Plantar warts can be difficult to identify and treat, which is why your foot care professional should be contacted for proper diagnosis and treatment. Methods used to remove plantar warts include the use of prescription strength acid applications to slowly peel away the skin layers to expose the plantar wart and hasten removal. The surrounding tiny blood vessels that feed the wart can be cauterized, causing the tissue of the wart to stop growing.
Steps you can take to prevent plantar warts from developing include:
- Keep your feet clean and protected—Wash your feet daily, being certain to dry completely. Wear clean and dry socks and footwear every day.
- Warts are contagious—Warts can spread from one part of your body to another, so avoid touching any warts you may have. Wear sandals or shower shoes in public pool areas, showers, gyms, and locker rooms to help minimize contact with the virus that causes warts.
For warts or any other abnormalities you may notice on the bottom of your feet, your foot doctor can provide the best care. At Podiatry Center of New Jersey, Dr. Russell Samofal treats a variety of conditions such as sports injuries, diabetic foot problems, pediatric foot conditions, toe deformities, arthritis, nail fungus, arch problems and heel pain. Equipped with advanced technologies and a dedicated staff, Podiatry Center of New Jersey provides individualized high quality care for patients all across Morris, Passaic, Bergen and Essex counties. For all your foot and ankle problems, contact our Wayne office at (973) 925-4111 for an appointment.