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Contrary to the popular myth, warts do not come from frogs or appear only on witches’ noses. In fact, warts can develop on anyone and often require the help of your doctor to treat. A wart which appears on the bottom of the foot, known as a plantar wart, can cause discomfort and even pain. Find out more about treating and preventing plantar warts with Dr. Steventon Wagner and Dr. Lynette Mehl at University Foot Center in Columbus, OH.
What Causes a Plantar Wart?
Warts come from a viral infection of the skin which usually enters the body via tiny cuts or scrapes. The infection comes to rest and causes the cells in its area to rapidly reproduce, causing a wart.
Do I Have a Plantar Wart?
Plantar warts occur on the bottom of the foot. Thanks to their location, gravity, and the body’s weight cause the plantar wart to grow inward, into the skin. You may not immediately notice a plantar wart, but you may experience symptoms such as:
- feeling as though a pebble is in your shoe
- a thick callus over the affected area
- a fleshy lesion at the bottom of the toes or on the heel
Plantar Wart Treatments in Columbus, OH
Plantar warts pose no real threat to your health and are a simple skin condition. However, they can be painful and frustrating, especially when they do not go away quickly on their own. Over-the-counter medications and ointments are conservative options that may help treat your plantar wart, but they don't always offer relief. In more stubborn cases, your doctor may suggest prescription-strength remedies, destruction with bleomycin or surgical removal.
For more information on treating and preventing warts, please contact Dr. Steventon Wagner and Dr. Lynette Mehl at University Foot Center in Columbus, OH. Call (614) 488-9478 to schedule your appointment with your podiatrist today!
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 because 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.
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.