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By Family Foot and Ankle Centers
April 14, 2016
Category: Foot Care
Tags: Plantar Warts   Warts  

Find out what you can do to prevent plantar warts from happening to you.

There seem to be a multitude of old wives’ tales that tout interesting and sometimes funny ways to remove warts. However, instead of finding unique ways to get rid of your warts, it’s even better if you can prevent them from happening in the first place. While it can be difficult to avoid the virus that causes plantar warts, there are some measures you can take to try to prevent yourself from coming in contact with this common virus.

What causes plantar warts?

Plantar warts are caused by a virus known as the human papillomavirus (HPV). While these warts are benign, they can be unsightly, uncomfortable and embarrassing. There are several different strains of HPV responsible for producing plantar warts, growths often found on the soles of the feet. However, some people that have HPV may not even develop warts.

How can you prevent exposure to the HPV virus that causes plantar warts?

While it’s difficult to ever be 100 percent protected against getting plantar warts, the best way to not get them is by avoiding contact with HPV. This means not touching warts that either you or someone else may have. Some other tips include:

  • Don’t share towels, shoes or razors with anyone. Remember, someone can still have HPV and not show any visible signs.
  • Always wear shoes in damp, warm and moist areas where the virus may thrive. This includes wearing shoes while using public locker rooms, pools or public showers.
  • Prevent irritation on the bottoms of your feet by wearing the proper shoes. Feet that have broken skin are more susceptible to developing warts.
  • Always dry your feet, particularly after sweating. Wear absorbent socks if you find that your feet sweat frequently.

While plantar warts can be unsightly, they aren’t dangerous. However, if you want to have one removed, talk to your podiatrist about at-­home treatments or come into our office to have it removed professionally.

How are plantar warts treated?

There are some over­the­counter salicylic acid treatments that are effective and safe for removing warts. There are also over­the­counter cryotherapy kits that freeze off these growths. However, these kits are only safe to use on warts that develop on your hands or feet.

If you aren’t sure whether you have warts or if you have been diagnosed with diabetes and you’re dealing with plantar warts, then it’s important to seek the medical advice of your podiatrist. Call us today!

By Family Foot and Ankle Center
September 04, 2015
Category: Foot Care
Tags: Plantar Warts   Warts  

No one wants a wart on their foot, but it's surprisingly easy to contrat this contagious skin condition. Plantar warts are warts that develop on the foot and are caused by a few of the 120 types of the human papillomavirus. They affect the superficial areas of your skin, especially on the pressure points of thePlantar Warts foot, such as the heel and the bal. The virus usually enters through small cuts or irritated areas in the skin, as well as through skin that is repetitively exposed to water.

Do I Have a Plantar Wart?

A plantar wart looks like a small, grainy callus-like lesion on the bottom of your foot. There may be one wart or many warts grouped together. The center of the wart will have a tiny red or black dot, which is caused by trapped capillaries. 

Plantar warts are common among children and teenagers. Their immune system is not fully developed, and they are also more likely to go barefoot. Warts are also more common in those with weakened immune systems. 

How Can I Prevent Plantar Warts?

  • Avoid walking barefoot in public places such as showers, changing rooms, swimming pools and saunas.
  • Change your socks daily.
  • Check your feet daily.
  • Do not touch warts on other people.
  • Don’t scratch the warts, it can encourage spreading.
  • Cover warts with waterproof tape while in swimming pools or shower stalls.

If you've been trying various home remedies for warts for two weeks or more, and the wart still hasn't faded away, contact your podiatrist. Also, if a new growth has occurred, you have a history of skin cancer, or you are diabetic, it’s important that you see your podiatrist right away! 

By Family Foot and Ankle Centers
February 20, 2014
Category: Foot Care


Feet and Ankles

Our feet and ankles are prone to a number of problems at different stages of life.  Below is a list of common foot and ankle problems.  With each issue, you can find quick advice for finding relief from your ailment.  If you experience any of the following conditions, contact your Fairfax, VA podiatrist for further diagnosis and treatment options.

Bunions

A bunion is a painful enlargement at the joint of the big toe.  An important part of treatment is to wear shoes that conform to the shape of your foot and do not cause pressure areas.  By doing this, you can often alleviate your pain.  However, severe cases can be disabling.  Visit your podiatrist in Fairfax, VA for further treatment options if the change in shoes does not provide relief.

Heel Pain

Heel pain is extremely common and can often begin without injury.  You will often feel pain under the heel while standing or walking, with worsening of symptoms when arising out of bed.  Most cases will improve on their own.  Heel stretching, medication to reduce swelling of the soft tissues of the foot, and orthotics are helpful in providing relief from your heel pain.  For prolonged and troubling cases, visit your Fairfax, VA podiatrist for further treatment.

Corns and Calluses

Corns and calluses are caused by pressure on the skin of your foot. Treatment involves relieving the pressure on the skin, usually by modifying the shoe.  Pads to relieve the bony pressure are helpful, but they must be positioned carefully.  A visit to your podiatrist in Fairfax, VA will help in the treatment planning.

Plantar Warts

Plantar warts occur on the sole of the foot and look like calluses.  They result from an infection by a specific virus, and are like other warts, but they grow inward. Plantar warts are extremely difficult to treat, but success has been achieved with repeated applications of salicylic acid to soften the overlying callus and expose the virus.  Other treatments include injection of the warts with medication, freezing the warts with liquid nitrogen and, very rarely, surgery.  Your Fairfax, VA podiatrist can create the best treatment plan for your plantar warts.

By Family Foot and Ankle Centers
November 15, 2011
Category: Foot Care
Tags: Plantar Warts  

Plantar WartPlantar warts are benign growths that develop on the bottom of your feet caused by direct contact with the human papilloma virus (HPV) -- the same virus that causes warts on other areas of the body. Some people are more susceptible than others to HPV, and not everyone will develop plantar warts if they come into contact with the virus. Individuals with weak immune systems or damaged skin on the feet are at a higher risk for plantar warts.

Plantar warts most often develop on the weight-bearing areas of the foot -- the heel or the ball of the foot -- causing sharp, burning pain. They can appear as a single wart (solitary) or a cluster of warts (mosaic). Common symptoms may include:

  • Pain or discomfort when walking or standing
  • Thick, scaly skin that often resembles a callus
  • Hard, flat growths with well-defined boundaries
  • Tiny black specks (clotted blood vessels) that often appear on the surface of the wart

Most warts disappear with home care and do not require medical treatment. You can take steps to prevent and treat plantar warts, which include:

  • Changing your shoes and socks daily
  • Keeping your feet clean and dry
  • Avoid picking at warts as the virus may spread
  • Avoid direct contact with an individual who has plantar warts
  • Checking your child's feet periodically
  • Refrain from walking barefoot, especially in public areas like showers, swimming pools and locker rooms
  • Never ignore skin growths or changes in your skin

You should always seek care from a podiatrist when warts interfere with your daily life, aren't responding to home treatments, or if you have circulatory disorders. Contact Family Foot and Ankle Center if your warts:

  • Change color or shape
  • Cause unbearable pain and discomfort
  • Interfere with activities
  • Multiply or reappear

Without treatment, plantar warts can grow, spread and prompt new warts to grow as fast as the old ones disappear. If you can't confidently identify a growth on your foot, visit Family Foot and Ankle Center to ensure a correct diagnosis. Early diagnosis and treatment from our Fairfax office can decrease the risk of the wart spreading and multiplying.



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