At Superior Foot & Ankle Care Center we often find that patients who come in with a plantar wart on their foot are not sure how they may have contracted it or if they could have prevented it. Most patients know they want to get rid of it! Below is some helpful information about what causes warts and how to deal with them.
Warts are caused by a virus. Like fungal infections, the conditions where the virus that causes warts thrives are warm, moist places. That’s why public swimming pools, gym locker rooms and showers, and nails salons are prime danger zones for contracting plantar warts.
Warts are not dangerous. They can, however, be painful. If a wart is on your heel or the ball of your foot the pressure of every step can inflict pain.
Warts are contagious. You can spread a wart by scratching it and then touching someone else or another part of your body. Warts can also be spread by sharing socks, shoes, towels, pedicure tools or other items that have touched a wart.
Warts may not be warts. The rough, hard flesh of a wart can also be a corn or even a form of skin cancer. For this reason, it’s important to get a wart checked by our podiatrists, Dr. Victoria Foley or Dr. Constance Ornelas to correctly diagnose your condition and prescribe the correct treatment.
The podiatrist is the best person to treat a wart. While there are over the counter products to treat warts, many of them may do more harm than good because they contain acid or strong chemicals that can damage healthy skin tissue. In addition, the foot doctor has several other options, including freezing and laser treatments to eliminate warts.
You can lower your risk of getting a wart. Washing your feet daily with soap and water and making sure that you avoid going barefoot, especially in public places, can greatly reduce your chances of developing a wart.