Monday, 11 February 2019 00:00

How to Prevent Plantar Warts from Recurring

Plantar warts are common warts that appear on the bottom of the feet. They are caused by human papillomavirus (HPV) and attack tiny cuts, breaks, or weak spots on the sole of the foot. They are relatively easy to treat, but some people have trouble keeping them away once they have gotten them. There could be some lingering bacteria in shoes, slippers or any footwear that was worn while the plantar warts were present, so it is important to wear socks after being treated. Locker rooms and the areas surrounding swimming pools are high risk environments for contracting plantar warts, therefore it is best to avoid being barefoot in these areas. Certain oils can also help treat and prevent plantar warts. Some of these oils include, tincture of iodine, tea tree oil, and turmeric in olive oil. If you have plantar warts or are concerned about contracting them again, then it is recommended you consult with a podiatrist for more information.

Plantar warts can be very uncomfortable. If you need your feet checked, contact one of our podiatrists from Berks Foot and Ankle Surgical Associates. Our doctors will assist you with all of your foot and ankle needs.

About Plantar Warts

Plantar warts are the result of HPV, or human papillomavirus, getting into open wounds on the feet. They are mostly found on the heels or balls of the feet.

While plantar warts are generally harmless, those experiencing excessive pain or those suffering from diabetes or a compromised immune system require immediate medical care. Plantar warts are easily diagnosed, usually through scraping off a bit of rough skin or by getting a biopsy.

Symptoms

  • Lesions on the bottom of your feet, usually rough and grainy
  • Hard or thick callused spots
  • Wart seeds, which are small clotted blood vessels that look like little black spots
  • Pain, discomfort, or tenderness of your feet when walking or standing

Treatment

  • Freezing
  • Electric tool removal
  • Laser Treatment
  • Topical Creams (prescription only)
  • Over-the-counter medications

To help prevent developing plantar warts, avoid walking barefoot over abrasive surfaces that can cause cuts or wounds for HPV to get into. Avoiding direct contact with other warts, as well as not picking or rubbing existing warts, can help prevent the further spread of plantar warts. However, if you think you have developed plantar warts, speak to your podiatrist. He or she can diagnose the warts on your feet and recommend the appropriate treatment options.

If you have any questions please feel free to contact one of our offices located in Shillington and Hamburg, PA. We offer the newest diagnostic and treatment technologies for all your foot and ankle needs.

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