There are many types of warts. But what exactly are plantar warts? A plantar wart is a rough, flat lump on the bottom of the foot. They are a common viral skin infection in young adults and children. The wart may remain for months or even years. If they are removed they may return.
The human papillomavirus (HPV), which is a germ, enters cuts or scratches through the skin on the bottom of the foot in the plantar area. They usually develop on or near pressure points of the feet.The skin becomes infected and the skin cells begin to grow too fast. The overgrowth of the skin becomes a plantar wart. The wart may spread if it is scratched or picked. Tiny black dots may be visible, these are small blood vessels that have clotted. The virus is usually not serious, although, you may need to seek medical help if you have a disease that weakens the immune system such as HIV/AIDS or if you notice symptoms of a severe nature.
A plantar wart may be the same color as your skin or it may be gray or brown. There may be a cluster of warts or just one. The wart may cause pain when standing or walking if it grows deep enough within the skin.
What are ways to avoid plantar warts?
Plantar warts grow or spread within warm damp areas. To avoid the warts try to keep feet clean and dry. After showering, make sure to dry toes between the middle. Using a foot powder will help to keep feet dry. Make sure your nail salon uses proper techniques to prevent infection. A cream applied to the feet will help avoid the cracking of the skin. Always wear clean socks and other footwear. Always wear sandals or shower shoes in public places to avoid contracting the virus. If you are an athlete, make sure to dry your shoes out when you’re not wearing them. Locker rooms, swimming areas and public showers are places the virus may be located. Do not reuse items that have come into contact with the wart such as shoes and socks.Wash the items before reuse. Do not wear other peoples socks and shoes. Remember to avoid scratching other areas of the body to prevent the spread of the virus.
Further information on ways to avoid the virus may be obtained by visiting the WebMD website.
Call 719-594-9920 to schedule an appointment with Kerry E. Berg, DPM, Colorado Springs podiatrist, if you’re having problem with a planters wart and would like it treated.