By Affiliated Foot & Ankle Care
July 03, 2017
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It lurks in dark, moist areas—waiting for unsuspecting victims to walk by. The shower at the gym, the community pool, even the dance studio and pedicure salon are some of its favorite places to lie in wait. Then, when a foot makes contact, the virus grabs hold and begins to work its way into the foot through microscopic cuts in the skin, until--a wart is born.

At Affiliated Foot & Ankle Care warts are a condition we treat quite frequently, particularly in children and adolescents. In the summer we often see an increase in the number of cases of warts because there are more opportunities for people to be bare foot.

Recognizing Warts

Warts sometimes get mistaken for corns or calluses. Certain warts can appear as a raised, fleshy bump that resembles the layers of dead skin that make up a callus. Another type of wart, known as a plantar wart (or verrucas) has a different appearance. It is usually hard and flat with a rough surface. It is often gray or brownish in color with tiny pinpoints of black in the center. Although not harmful, warts can be painful, especially if they are on the bottom, weight-bearing part of your foot. The pressure from standing and walking can cause a sharp, burning pain. Warts are also contagious and can be spread to other parts of your body or to other people by touching or scratching a wart or by coming in contact with skin shed from the wart. Sometimes a wart may bleed and this is another way it can spread. 


Getting rid of a wart can be difficult. We urge our patients to come into our Edison, Monroe or Monmouth Junction office for treatment. Although over-the-counter products exist, they are often ineffective and can destroy healthy tissue surrounding the wart. Our podiatrists, Dr. Varun Gujral or Dr. Nrupa Shah will examine your feet and recommend the correct treatment for your wart. Treatment options include prescription ointments and medications and laser cautery. Contact us today for an appointment by calling: 732-662-3050.

Unfortunately, there are no guarantees that a wart won’t return but you can greatly reduce the risk of getting warts by keeping feet covered when walking in public places and not sharing items that touch other people’s feet.