Do’s and Don’ts for Dealing with Warts

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Plantar warts are a common, yet most unwelcome, podiatric problem. They are caused by a virus and can be quite difficult to get rid of. At FL Foot Health, we want to offer some do’s and don’ts for preventing and treating warts.

Do: make an appointment to see a podiatrist if you suspect you have a wart. Plantar warts tend to be hard and flat with a center that looks like it contains tiny pin points of black. But, there are other skin problems that may mimic warts in their appearance, such as skin cancer, corns or calluses—each of which requires a different and unique treatment. For this reason, it’s best to have any unusual growth on your foot evaluated by a professional foot doctor. Don’t have a podiatrist? Our online directory can help you find a qualified podiatrist in your area.

Don’t: walk barefoot, especially in public places. Plantar warts are most commonly contracted by walking on dirty surfaces where the virus is lurking. Places where many people tend to walk without shoes, such as gym locker rooms and showers, public pools and changing areas and nail salons are high risk areas for warts and fungal infections.

Don’t: attempt self-treatment of warts. Many over-the-counter products contain acids and harsh chemicals that can destroy healthy skin tissue and result in infection or injury. The foot doctor has several treatment options available, including laser therapy, and will choose the most effective way to eliminate your wart safely.

Do: check children’s feet frequently for warts. They have a higher risk than adults for getting plantar warts, mainly due to their habits. Teach your children not to share shoes, socks, towels or any other items that touches someone else’s feet.

Do: get warts evaluated promptly. Warts can grow in size to over one inch in diameter and also form satellite clusters of warts. Warts can become painful when they progress, especially if they form on pats of your feet that bear the most weight like the ball of your foot or your heel.

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