Plantar Warts Can Cause Severe Foot Pain
Plantar warts usually grow into the skin on the bottom of your foot where they can remain hidden by the thick skin. Often the only sign that you have a plantar wart is a painful spot on the bottom of your foot that hurts when you press or walk on it. The skin over the area may appear slightly darker or lighter, but the sharp burning pain when you walk on it is often the only major symptom.
Plantar warts are caused by the human papillomavirus which is a highly contagious pathogen found in locker rooms, pool areas, gyms, and showers. Children and adolescents are more susceptible to developing plantar warts, as are people with suppressed immune systems from diseases like diabetes.
Plantar warts can be tricky to identify and treat which is why you should see a podiatrist for proper diagnosis and treatment. Methods used to remove plantar warts include acid applications to slowly peel away the skin layers and expose the plantar wart to attack it directly. The small blood vessels that feed the wart can be cauterized, causing the tissue of the wart to die.
Steps you can take to prevent plantar warts:
● Clean and protect your feet - Wash your feet every day, being certain to dry completely, especially between the toes. Change into clean and dry socks and shoes every day and allow your footwear to dry out between uses.
● Avoid contaminated areas - Warts can spread from one part of your body to another, so try not to touch or scratch warts to help prevent this. Wear sandals or protective shower shoes in public pool areas, showers, gyms, and locker rooms to decrease contact with the microbes that cause warts.
Your foot doctor can provide the best care for plantar warts or any other abnormalities you may notice on the bottom of your feet. At Monroe Foot & Ankle Care, Dr. Elliott M. Perel treats a variety of conditions including diabetic foot problems, bunions, nail fungus, arthritis, and heel pain. Equipped with advanced technologies including shockwave therapy, MLS Laser treatment, and computerized gait analysis, Monroe Foot & Ankle Care provides specialized, high-quality service for patients across central New Jersey. For any problems you may be experiencing with your feet and ankles, contact our Monroe/Jamesburg office at (732) 521-2155 for an appointment.