Some protrude from your skin’s surface, while others lay flat and unnoticed. They can be rough to the touch, or they can be as smooth as silk. Most are named for the location where they’re found on your body. Warts come in a variety of shapes and sizes, and those debuting on your feet are called Plantar Warts.
What are Plantar Warts?
Don’t be alarmed, these noncancerous skin growths are very common, especially among children. Caused by the human papillomavirus or HPV, this viral infection is found in the top layer of your skin. Tiny blood vessels, called capillaries, grow into the core of the wart to supply it with blood and are responsible for the appearance of dark spots under your skin.
On average, they are no larger than the size of a pencil eraser. In some cases, they may grow larger or appear in clusters. When more than one plantar wart is present on your foot they are called Mosaic warts.
Because of the pressure applied to warts while walking or standing, they are often pushed underneath the skin’s surface. This leads to the development of calluses— layers of thick, tough skin that overlay the affected area. Corns and calluses are often mistaken for plantar warts. For proper diagnosis, contact the podiatrists at Aadvanced Foot Care Associates.
Depending upon the size and location of your skin growth, warts can cause irritation and pain. If your plantar wart grows in size, walking can prove to be difficult. Warts that are located over bony areas of your foot are the most challenging.
Where Do They Come From?
These unsightly growths are spread from person-to-person, most often in areas of constant irritation by rubbing or shaving. The contact doesn’t have to be direct. Someone with a plantar wart may be walking barefoot on the same public surface as you, such as a gym shower or swimming pool area. If you touch the same surfaces, you are exposed to the virus and may develop the same skin growth. In most cases, however, the risk for developing plantar warts is small. Individuals with weakened immune systems are the most susceptible to contracting the virus.
How Do I Treat My Wart?
Most warts will go away on their own. It typically takes two years for this growth to disappear when left untreated. If you don’t want to wait it out, treatment options are available:
One way you can rid your feet of plantar warts is to treat them with over-the-counter medications. This method has only a 50% success rate. The surest way to rid yourself of this virus is to consult your podiatrist. Treatments include freezing the wart, removing the wart with laser treatments, surgery, or applying or injecting medicine. Even with these treatments, your wart may reappear.
Treating warts is tricky business. There is no quick fix. If your plantar wart is not bothersome, it can be left alone. The immune system will take care of this foreign visitor. At Aadvanced Foot Care Associates, we understand that visible warts can be embarrassing. Don’t let this common foot condition get you down. Have your wart removed by a foot care professional at any of our three New York offices. Call to schedule a consultation or visit our appointment request page today!