By Nrupa Shah
October 02, 2013
Category: Plantar Warts

The official first day of fall was a few days ago, and with the cooling temperatures it’s time to put away our sandals and stick our feet back into our warm boots. But before we do that we need to make sure our feet are healthy to live in our warm boots for the next few months. Something we all need to check our feet for is plantar warts.

What exactly is a plantar wart? A plantar wart is a type of wart that develops from the HPV virus entering your body through a break in the skin. These are most commonly found at pressure points in our feet, like the heels and balls or our feet. Sometimes these aren’t a threat to our health and present with no symptoms. But after a long period of time going untreated they can become painful and tender. It is always best to get a wart treated and removed before it becomes painful.

One of the most common ways to come into contact with the HPV virus is by running around with no shoes on, which we all do over the summer. The wart grows best in warm, wet environments; which is what you’re doing when you wear your boots!

To prevent getting warts avoid coming in contact with people who already have them, prevent coming into contact with still standing water around pools, keep your feet clean and dry, and change your socks regularly.

If you do notice anything that looks like a wart on your foot it is best to make an appointment with your local podiatrist at Affiliated Foot and Ankle Care located in Edison and Monroe NJ. A majority of warts will resolve on their own, but sometimes they don’t and become painful and will require treatment. There are a few types of treatment available; freezing is one of the most common forms, along with cantharadin which is an extract from a beetle that is applied to the surface of the wart. There are a few other options that are not commonly used.

Make sure to check out your feet before you start putting them into your warm boots every day and prevent any possible warts from growing!

By Nrupa Shah