How to Get Rid of Warts?

By University Foot Center
August 19, 2016
Category: Podiatry
Tags: Warts  

Dr. Steventon Scott Wagner and Dr. Lynette Renae Mehl of University Foot Center in Columbus, OH diagnose and treat many foot and ankle problems, including those affecting the skin on the lower extremities. One such problem is the common wart. Occurring on the hands, face and especially the feet (plantar), warts aren't fatal or even particularly painful. They are, however, unsightly and spread Wartbecause they have their source in easily contacted viruses.

The Source of Warts

Dermatologists and podiatrists agree: warts come from contacting viruses. Skin to skin contact, going barefoot in dirty, wet places, touching someone else's wart, especially when it's moist--they are all modes of transmission. You can also pick up the wart virus through a small break in the skin.

What Warts Look Like

Warts look like small, rough, raised bumps on the skin of the hand, bottom of the foot or even the face. They are usually the size of a pencil eraser but can grow to circular bumps of 1 inch in diameter. Some warts spread to form small groups or clusters.

Plantar warts appear on the soles of the feet and may have small black dots on their surfaces. They can be particularly painful if located on the ball of the foot or heel.

Treating Warts in Columbus

Warts can be treated conservatively by a number of techniques but they do not tend to be as successful as removal, and recurrence is a common problem. 

Skin on the bottom of the foot is just too thick and freezing them does not work well. We have better success with compounds that include sal acid and other ingredients like cimetidine, ibuprofen and anti-viral medication.

More invasive approaches include destruction with bleomycin or simple removal, biopsy and chemical cautery. Pulsed dye laser is a great method but insanely expensive.

Avoiding Warts

The best treatment is prevention. Dr. Wagner and Dr. Mehl recommend always wearing shower sandals or flip flops poolside or in the locker room. Change socks daily, and rotate your selection of shoes. Dry your feet thoroughly after showering or bathing. And please, inspect your feet, especially if you are diabetic. Note any changes in skin surfaces, particularly in texture and color.

Come See Us

The professional staff at University Foot Center in Columbus, OH recommends yearly podiatric exams for everyone. The foot doctors check for gait issues, deformities, circulation issues, problems peculiar to the athlete and of course, skin problems such as warts and fungal toenails. Please contact the office at (614) 488-9478 for your convenient appointment time.


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