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You thought you had a corn or callus on the bottom of your foot. However, this irritating bump may really be a wart. The podiatrists, Drs. Michael Frank, Marc Goldberg, and Adam Lowy, at Family Foot and Ankle Associates of Maryland in Olney, can help you if you are dealing with warts. Easily caught and easily treated, warts can be painful, unsightly and a big nuisance if left untreated.
What exactly is a wart
Typically, it's a small raised bump of hardened skin that forms at the site of an abrasion or cut on the feet, hands or face. Some warts have black or brown dots (seed warts), and some grow in tightly-knit groups (mosaic warts).
Caused by HPV, the Human Papillomavirus, warts are very contagious, says the American Academy of Dermatology. They spread by skin to skin contact and quickly form singly or in multiples. If you have one or more on your foot, they are called plantar warts and usually appear on the ball of the foot or heel, causing a fair amount of discomfort.
What you can do
First of all, don't pick at your warts. You'll only irritate them or spread them to others in your household. Also, for diabetics, picking at any skin lesion can lead to infection.
Second, keep your feet clean and dry, and try an over the counter remedy. Most of these contain salicylic acid, which dries the wart and allows it to slough off. Be sure to follow the package directions carefully.
Finally, you can see your podiatrist in Olney if you suspect you have warts. Your foot doctor will examine the area in question and recommend over the counter medications or prescription ointments or creams as needed. If warts are large or numerous, he may advise laser cautery which can be provided as an in-office treatment at Family Foot and Ankle Associates of Maryland.
A word of caution
To avoid getting warts, make sure you keep your feet clean. Also, wear shower sandals poolside or in the locker room to avoid contacting the virus which causes warts.
If your wart is really bothering you, or if you have diabetes, please contact one of the convenient locations of Family Foot and Ankle Associates of Maryland. One of the highly skilled podiatrists will get your feet feeling fit again fast. Call for an appointment. In Olney, phone (301) 924-5044. In Clinton, call (301) 868-7670. For Silver Spring, phone (301) 439-0300, and in Kensington, phone (301) 942-8110.
While warts aren't dangerous, they detract from a person's appearance and, when on the feet or toes, can cause discomfort while wearing shoes. At Family Foot & Ankle Associates of Maryland in Olney, Clinton, Silver Spring and Kensington, MD, our podiatrists see many patients who want to get rid of their warts. In this entry, we've provided some information about how warts are treated:
What are warts?
Warts are relatively small, round growths that collect on the surface of the skin as a result of a virus. Common warts can develop on the top of the feet or the toes; these are known as common warts. Warts that develop on the bottom of the feet are called plantar warts and are typically about the size of a pencil eraser, although some many grow larger. These are of particular concern for your podiatrist because they can cause intense pain for people who spend a lot of time on their feet.
Why do warts need to be removed?
Many people visit their Olney, Clinton, Silver Spring and Kensington podiatrist to have warts removed from visible areas for cosmetic reasons. Constant pressure on a wart can also cause significant pain to develop. Because they are caused by a viral infection, warts can also be passed to other people or other parts of your body, so removing them stops the spread of the virus.
How are warts treated?
While some warts disappear spontaneously, this process can take several years, which may not be an option if you're dealing with a painful plantar wart. Your podiatrist typically treats common warts by applying a medication that causes the wart to slough off the skin. Follow-up applications may be necessary. A minor in-office surgical procedure may also be necessary to remove a wart in its entirety. How your wart is treated depends on where it is located and its type.
If you have a wart that needs removed, the podiatrists at Family Foot & Ankle Associates in Olney, Clinton, Silver Spring and Kensington, MD, are waiting to hear from you. Contact one of our offices today!
Ever have the feeling that you have a small stone in your shoe and then find there's nothing there? Upon further examination, you discover a small, raised bump on the bottom of your foot. Could that be causing the minor pain?
That rough little lesion is probably a plantar wart. Non-cancerous and caused by a strain of HPV or human papillomavirus, plantar warts are the same grainy spots that can appear on the hands. Most often picked up through cracks in the skin, in warm, moist environments such as gymnasiums and swimming pool decks, warts are unsightly and somewhat embarrassing. Fortunately, they are highly treatable at home or by a podiatrist.
What to do if you have warts on your foot
First off, don't panic. Millions of people in the United States get warts annually, and frankly, it would be unusual for an individual not to experience a plantar or palmar (hand) wart at least once in his or her life.
Next, get comfortable. Wear shoes or sandals that take pressure off the sore spot. Also, start wearing sandals or shower shoes in the locker room or around the pool to prevent further infections.
Then, explore some at-home remedies such as:
- Salicylic acid preparations. Follow package directions and apply this medication faithfully until the wart falls off. Be patient. It may take more than two weeks.
- Put a piece of duct tape over the wart for at least six days. This should soften and shrink it. Then, remove the tape and file the wart with an emery board. Again, this is not an immediate cure.
- Check natural supplement suppliers for oral zinc or topical zinc preparations. Many users swear that warts hate zinc.
If you are concerned because the bump is not resolving, or if you are diabetic or have a suppressed immune system because of another health problem or treatment, see your podiatrist. A foot doctor will examine the lesion and possibly send a small sample to a lab for analysis. He or she can also freeze the wart with liquid nitrogen (cryotherapy) or use laser therapy to eliminate the wart's blood supply.
An ounce of prevention and warts
Common sense hygiene goes a long way to keep warts at bay. Always wear clean, dry shoes and socks. In the summer months, make sure your feet are well ventilated. Around locker rooms and public showers and swim areas, wear sandals to avoid contact with HPV.
Marc Goldberg DPM
At Family Foot and Ankle Associates of Maryland, Doctors Marc Goldberg, Christopher Farnworth and Michael Frank help many individuals with their common and not-so-common foot issues. Treating plantar warts is one of them. If you are struggling with warts or have other concerns related to your feet, legs or ankles, call these friendly and skilled foot doctors today at one of their Silver Spring, Maryland locations. For the office in Olney, call 301-924-5044. For Silver Spring, call 301-439-0300. In Clinton, contact 301-868-7670, and for the Crofton location, call 410-721-2700.