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What Causes Warts?
Got foot warts? Nearly everyone will have a wart at some point in their lives. Warts are typically small, hard skin growths caused by an infection with humanpallilloma virus. Foot warts are treatable. Foot warts are among the most common dermatologic conditions podiatrists treat. Read on to learn about the causes of warts.
An HPV Infection
Common warts are caused by by an HPV infection. Over 100 types of HPV exist. Certain types of HPV infection cause cervical cancer. Some types of HPV infection cause foot warts, while others cause warts that appear on the face, neck, or hands. Of the 100 types of HPV, about 60 cause common warts on areas such as the hands or feet.
Wart viruses are contagious. You can get foot warts from skin-to-skin contact with people who have warts. However, not all HPV strains are highly contagious. You can get the wart virus by touching an object that another person's wart touched, such as clothing, towels, shoes, or exercise equipment.
Breaks in Your Skin
HPV infects the top layer of skin and usually enters the body in an area of damaged or cut skin. Cuts from shaving can provide an avenue for infection. Getting a scrape can also bring on common warts. Foot warts are very common in swimmers whose feet are scratched by rough pool surfaces.
A Weak Immune System
In most cases, your immune system defeats an HPV infection before it creates a wart. Someone with a weakened immune system is more vulnerable and therefore more likely to develop warts. Immune systems can be weakened by HIV or by immunosuppressant drugs used after organ transplants.
If you want to get rid of foot warts, see your podiatrist as soon as possible. Many types of effective wart treatments are available. They include salicylic acid, cantharidin, cryotherapy, laser treatment, and surgery. Your podiatrist can help you get rid of foot warts once and for all!
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!