Protect Your Feet From Warts
By Arthur Kaplan, D.P.M.
November 19, 2014
Category: Foot Care
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Protect Your Feet From Warts

Plantar warts are warts that develop on the foot and are caused by a few of the 120 types of the human papillomavirus. It affects the superficial areas of your skin, especially on the pressure points of the foot such as the heel and the ball of the foot. It is contagious and usually enters through small cuts or irritated areas in the skin, as well as areas that are repetitively exposed to water.
 
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. Since you put weight on your foot, the arts will look flattened.
 
Plantar warts are common among children and teenagers. Their immune system is not fully developed and is also more likely to go barefoot, which heightens their risk of contracting plantar warts. It is also more common to those with weakened immune systems, as well. With help from your Port Washington podiatrist, here’s how you can 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 others warts
  • Don’t scratch the warts, it can encourage spreading
  • Cover warts with waterproof tape while in swimming pools or shower stalls
 
If you have tried home remedies for foot warts for more than two weeks, a new growth has occurred, you have a history of skin cancer, or you are diabetic, it’s important that you see your podiatrist in Port Washington right away!

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