No one likes warts, but they don’t have to ruin your summer fun. When warts occur on the feet, they are called plantar warts. Usually, they appear on the heel or places where the foot bears weight. A virus causes plantar warts that can enter if there is a break in the skin. Warts are not a serious health condition, and many times will just go away without treatment. However, they can cause pain and discomfort.
HOW TO PREVENT PLANTAR WARTS
There are several ways to prevent plantar warts. First, it’s important to keep your feet dry. Make sure you wear comfortable footwear and that your feet are always protected. Avoid walking barefoot, especially on places that might have sharp objects like rocks. Washing your feet with disinfectant soap can help stop to stop contracting the virus. If you do get a cut on your feet, make sure to clean it thoroughly and then wrap it in bandages, so the cut doesn’t worsen. Because a virus causes them, warts can be contagious.
TREATMENT FOR PLANTAR WARTS
Many over-the-counter remedies can treat help with your warts. These can include various creams or medicines that help remove warts if they are relatively minor. However, it’s best to consult a foot specialist who can diagnose the severity of the problem and offer the proper remedy. A podiatrist can offer several treatments. They may prescribe a chemical treatment. Usually, these are various strengths of salicylic acids that are applied directly to the wart every day. There is also laser treatment. It can cut and vaporize the wart. Sometimes a cryogenic treatment like liquid nitrogen is applied. There are many other types of surgery available as well.
You don’t have to live with your warts. Call Syracuse Podiatry, located in East Syracuse, New York. Dr. Ryan L. D’Amico, and Dr. Donal M. Erickson, and their staff will help you diagnose and treat your foot or ankle condition. Call 315-446-3668 or make an appointment online today.