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By Affiliated Foot & Ankle Care
May 11, 2016
Tags: warts  

Now that the warmer weather is arriving and there will be more opportunities to go barefoot, we at Affiliated Foot & Ankle Care expect to see more cases of warts. Warts are caused by a virus and although they can develop at this time of the year, when feet are bare, they are more likely to come in direct contact with the virus. The virus enters your foot through very tiny, even microscopic cuts in the skin.

Avoiding Contact

You can greatly reduce your risk of exposure to the virus that causes warts with a few simple tips:

  • Always wear shower shoes or flip flops in public places where people go barefoot. This includes town pools, gyms, locker rooms and showers.
  • Don’t share socks, shoes, flip flops or anything that touches another person’s feet.
  • Don’t touch a wart (on your own or someone else’s body) and then touch your own skin. Warts can spread from one part of the body to another.
  • Change your socks daily; more often if you tend to sweat profusely. Viruses and fungi thrive in dark, damp places.
  • Wash your feet daily and dry completely.

What do Warts Look Like?

There are two main types of warts that develop on feet: Plantar warts, also known as verrucas, and common foot warts. The Plantar warts are generally flat and hard and have tiny black pinpoints in the center. They vary in color but often are gray or brown. Plantar warts usually form on the sole of the foot. Common foot warts tend to be raised and fleshy. They can develop anywhere on the feet or toes.

Treatment

Sometimes warts will spontaneously disappear. Don’t be fooled, however, because they then frequently recur on the same site. Our foot and ankle doctors, Varun Gujral, DPM, and Dr. Nrupa Shah, DPM will examine your wart and determine the appropriate treatment. Warts can be very resistant to treatment and that is why non-prescription treatments often fail. The podiatrist has a variety of options available including freezing, laser cautery and prescription medications and ointments. If you find a wart on your foot, contact our Edison, Monroe or Monmouth Junction office for an appointment by calling: 732-662-3050. Warts can become painful and spread if left untreated.

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