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Ouch! Have you stepped on a stone? No, the pain continues with each step. Dr. Robert Linn, Jr., your podiatrist at Foot & Ankle Center of Ocala, says you have a plantar wart on your heel. Don't worry! This highly treatable, benign growth will be gone before you know it so your foot looks and feels normal again.
What is a wart?
Roughly textured, and grey to brown in color (sometimes darkly speckled), warts can appear on the face, hands and feet. Your Ocala, FL, podiatrist sees many plantar warts--the ones on the thick skin of the soles of the feet. Because of the pressure exerted by weight-bearing and walking, plantar warts tend to grow more inward, rather than creating a raised bump.
Warts are not cancer. Rather, they come from skin to skin contact with someone infected with HPV--the Human Papillomavirus.
Found most everywhere, the virus can survive briefly on surfaces such as doorknobs, shower stalls, faucets and locker room floors. In other words, warts spread very easily. Also, the virus tends to live under skin indefinitely and somehow becomes active when conditions are right.
The first step is identification by your podiatrist. He may see that your warts are forming groups, or clusters, called mosaic warts. Whatever the case, he treats warts in several ways in the office or at home. All are easy and at worst, minimally invasive.
Dr. Linn in Ocala, FL, will inspect all surfaces of both feet to determine the location, size, and quantity of your warts. Then, he will recommend treatments tailored to your needs.
Treatment may include:
- Application of salicylic acid via patches or liquid
- Cryosurgery, or freezing
- Electrodesiccation, "zapping" the wart with a mild, but effective, electrical current
- Surgical excision with a scalpel (local anesthetic is applied first)
Of course, if you can prevent warts from forming in the first place, you're better off. Always wash your feet daily with warm water and soap. Dry them completely with a clean towel, and wear clean socks and dry (not sweaty) shoes. Avoid going barefoot outside or at the gym or poolside.
Have happy feet
Locate and treat those bothersome warts. For help with this podiatric problem, or any other foot or ankle issue, please contact the Foot & Ankle Center of Ocala in Ocala, FL, Monday through Friday at (352) 861-1055.
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!