Plantar warts, also referred as Verruca Plantaris are small, hard growths that commonly appear on areas of the feet that undergo the most pressure. Plantar warts are caused by the Human Papillomavirus or HPV. The virus enters the body through cuts or weak spots on the feet.
HPV Type 1 is responsible for most plantar warts. It can gain access to the skin through direct contact. However, our immune system is usually capable of handling and getting rid of this infection.
Signs and symptoms of plantar warts include the following:
- Pain emanating from a thickened skin area on the sole
- A smooth, discolored surface usually brown or grayish-yellow in color
- Firm, thick lesions with dark spots
- Skin imperfections that are flat due to intense pressure
Plantar warts do not require treatment but can be a cause of discomfort and pain. However, you should consult with a podiatrist if pain is persistent or the wart starts to spread. Self-medication is not advised. It is important that you seek the advice of a podiatrist. Self-treatment can actually bring more complications than solutions. The doctors at Long Island Foot and Ankle Group are podiatrists who specialize in foot care and treating foot warts.
Over-the-counter medications may contain acids that can destroy healthy skin cells. Self-treatment should never be done by people suffering from diabetes and cardiovascular/ circulatory disorders. For those who wish to get rid of their plantar warts, they should seek the help of a podiatrist.
There is no guaranteed cure for plantar warts. Plantar warts may reappear at any time. Studies show that 60 percent of people who suffer plantar wart cases go into remission. This is an indication that the HPV remains in the person’s system.
Plantar wart treatments may require multiple treatments. This is why consulting with a podiatrist gives you the best course of treatment.
Plantar warts could easily be prevented by following simple health reminders. Wearing footwear in public places, proper foot hygiene and avoiding direct contact with those infected goes a long way in preventing foot warts.
At Long Island Foot and Ankle Group with offices located in Valley Stream and Lake Success, we specialize in helping people with foot disorders. To schedule an appointment phone Valley Stream (516) 825-4070 or Lake Success (516) 327-0074.