Types Of Foot Warts And To Deal With Them
Foot warts can be a real pain, especially when left untreated. However, these pesky little bumps normally get to a point where they become painful and irritating, requiring the help of your podiatrist to find a good treatment plan. Learn more about the types of foot warts and how to deal with them with your doctors at Associated Foot and Ankle Centers of Northern Virginia in Stafford and Lake Ridge, VA.
Do I have a foot wart?
The main type of wart found on a foot is called a plantar wart. These warts grow on the bottom of the foot and can make walking and standing very painful. As it grows, the pressure from the body’s weight causes the wart to grow inwards, causing a thick layer of skin to grow on top. Most patients describe a plantar wart as feeling as though there is a rock or pebble in their shoe. Periungual warts grow under or around the toenail area and spread quickly.
Preventing Foot Warts
Plantar warts develop due to an infection caused by HPV, or human papillomavirus. The strain of HPV which causes plantar warts is not usually easily transmitted and thrives in a warm, dark environment like your feet. To avoid plantar warts, you should avoid walking barefoot in areas such as public pools or locker rooms as the virus enters the foot through tiny cracks or cuts in the skin or while the skin is softened due to being wet. To avoid periungual warts, keep your feet clean and dry.
Foot Wart Treatments in Stafford and Lake Ridge
While you may find many wart treatments over-the-counter at your local drugstore, they may take weeks or months of continued use before you see results. Since a plantar wart is painful and irritating, you may want to quell your symptoms faster. For this, you will require the help of your podiatrist. At your appointment, your doctor will use freezing, peeling or surgical methods to remove your wart.
For more information on foot warts, please contact Associated Foot and Ankle Centers of Northern Virginia, serving Stafford and Lake Ridge, VA. Call (703) 491-9500 to schedule your appointment at the Lake Ridge location or (540) 720-0700 to schedule your appointment at the Stafford location today!