Posts for tag: Plantar Warts

When I think of plantar warts, the first thing coming to mind is, plantar warts are more common than you think.  If you haven’t dealt with them yourself, it’s likely you know someone or family members who have tried self-treatment or have actually gone to their local podiatrist for removal treatment. Plantar warts are usually located in areas of pressure and friction, they manifest themselves as hard fleshy growths on the bottom of the foot and sometimes they can be irritating or painful. Unfortunately plantar warts easily spread as it is a subtype of human papillomavirus (HPV).  Plantar warts are no respecter of age, although they are most commonly found among 12-16 year olds. People with weakened immune systems, skin trauma, or exposure to public showers are more likely to be afflicted with foot warts.

The scope of treatment here at Affiliated Foot and Ankle Care for plantar warts is enough to comprehensibly meet the variation and degree of the wart you may have. Some plantar warts are taken care of in a one stop shop so to speak, where a mild acid is applied topically to burn off the plantar wart, where other cases may require surgery, or follow up appointments. Laser treatment, cryotherapy (freezing wart with liquid nitrogen) or leucoplast tape and prescription Upton paste. Tape and paste is applied on a daily basis for a week, followed by a shaving procedure, and then concluded with one more series of tape and paste until wart is gone. Sometimes warts return and one single treatment has not become the end all, fix all.  Individual immunities, the body’s ability to identify the wart virus as problematic, and then the body’s ability create an immune response to the virus are all factors to the effectiveness of Plantar wart virus elimination. If you have any questions about Plantar Warts or would like more information please make an appointment to see one of our podiatrist at Affiliated Foot and Ankle Care located in Edison and Monroe, NJ.

By Varun Gujral

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