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November 01, 2016
Category: Foot Conditions
Tags: Plantar Warts   Warts  

Find out what you can do to prevent plantar warts from happening to you.

There seem to be a multitude of old wives’ tales that tout interesting and sometimes funny ways to remove warts. However, instead of finding unique ways to get rid of your warts, it’s even better if you can prevent them from happening in the first place. While it can be difficult to avoid the virus that causes plantar warts, there are some measures you can take to try to prevent yourself from coming in contact with this common virus.

What causes plantar warts?

Plantar warts are caused by a virus known as the human papillomavirus (HPV). While these warts are benign, they can be unsightly, uncomfortable and embarrassing. There are several different strains of HPV responsible for producing plantar warts, growths often found on the soles of the feet. However, some people that have HPV may not even develop warts.

How can you prevent exposure to the HPV virus that causes plantar warts?

While it’s difficult to ever be 100 percent protected against getting plantar warts, the best way to not get them is by avoiding contact with HPV. This means not touching warts that either you or someone else may have. Some other tips include:

  • Don’t share towels, shoes or razors with anyone. Remember, someone can still have HPV and not show any visible signs.
  • Always wear shoes in damp, warm and moist areas where the virus may thrive. This includes wearing shoes while using public locker rooms, pools or public showers.
  • Prevent irritation on the bottoms of your feet by wearing the proper shoes. Feet that have broken skin are more susceptible to developing warts.
  • Always dry your feet, particularly after sweating. Wear absorbent socks if you find that your feet sweat frequently.

While plantar warts can be unsightly, they aren’t dangerous. However, if you want to have one removed, talk to your podiatrist about at-­home treatments or come into our office to have it removed professionally.

How are plantar warts treated?

There are some over­the­counter salicylic acid treatments that are effective and safe for removing warts. There are also over­the­counter cryotherapy kits that freeze off these growths. However, these kits are only safe to use on warts that develop on your hands or feet.

If you aren’t sure whether you have warts or if you have been diagnosed with diabetes and you’re dealing with plantar warts, then it’s important to seek the medical advice of your podiatrist. Call us today!

Verrucas, or plantar warts, are considered highly contagious viruses, which thrive in moist places such as swimming pool areas. Individuals who often go barefoot in these public areas may find themselves contracting the wart virus. Different treatment options for verrucas, if necessary, include over-the-counter sprays and creams, or freezing therapy through the use of cold liquid nitrogen. Plantar warts can also disappear by themselves. Make sure to protect your feet when venturing out into public areas that have a nearby water source.

If not treated properly, plantar warts can exacerbate and become debilitating. If you would like medical assistance regarding plantar wart treatment, see Dr. Alan Discont, D.P.M. of Family Foot and Ankle Care. Dr. Discont will attend to all of your foot and ankle needs and answer any of your related questions.  

About Plantar Warts

Plantar warts are the result of human papillomavirus (HPV) getting into the feet through tiny cuts or abrasions. Typically, plantar warts are contracted through walking barefoot on dirty surfaces since the virus thrives in warm and moist environments. They are mostly found on the heels or balls of the feet.

While plantar warts are generally harmless, those experiencing excessive pain, suffering from diabetes or a compromised immune system require immediate medical care. Plantar warts are easily diagnosed, usually through scraping off a bit of rough skin or by getting a biopsy.

Symptoms

  • Legions on the bottom of your feet, usually rough and grainy
  • Hard or thick callused spots
  • Wart seeds, which are small clotted blood vessels that look like little black spots
  • Pain, discomfort, or tenderness of your feet when walking or standing

Treatment

  • Freezing
  • Electric tool removal
  • Laser Treatment
  • Topical Creams (prescription only)
  • Over-the-counter medications

To help prevent developing plantar warts, avoid walking barefoot over abrasive surfaces that can cause cuts or wounds for HPV to get into. Avoiding direct contact with other warts, as well as not picking or rubbing existing warts, will help prevent the further spread of plantar warts. If you think you have developed plantar warts, it is best speak to your podiatrist. He or she can diagnose the warts on your feet and recommend the appropriate treatment options.

If you have any questions, please feel free to contact our office located in Chandler, AZ. We offer the newest diagnostic and treatment technologies for all your foot care needs.

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By Family Foot & Ankle Care, PC
March 15, 2016
Category: Foot Care
Tags: Plantar Warts   Warts  

No one wants a wart on their foot, but it's surprisingly easy to contrat this contagious skin condition. Plantar warts are warts that develop on the foot and are caused by a few of the 120 types of the human papillomavirus. They affect the superficial areas of your skin, especially on the pressure points of thePlantar Warts foot, such as the heel and the ball. The virus usually enters through small cuts or irritated areas in the skin, as well as through skin that is repetitively exposed to water.

Do I Have a Plantar Wart?

A plantar wart looks like a small, grainy callus-like lesion on the bottom of your foot. There may be one wart or many warts grouped together. The center of the wart will have a tiny red or black dot, which is caused by trapped capillaries. 

Plantar warts are common among children and teenagers. Their immune system is not fully developed, and they are also more likely to go barefoot. Warts are also more common in those with weakened immune systems. 

How Can I Prevent Plantar Warts?

  • Avoid walking barefoot in public places such as showers, changing rooms, swimming pools and saunas.
  • Change your socks daily.
  • Check your feet daily.
  • Do not touch warts on other people.
  • Don’t scratch the warts, it can encourage spreading.
  • Cover warts with waterproof tape while in swimming pools or shower stalls.

If you've been trying various home remedies for warts for two weeks or more, and the wart still hasn't faded away, contact your podiatrist. Also, if a new growth has occurred, you have a history of skin cancer or you are diabetic, it’s important that you see your podiatrist right away! 

Bacteria and fungus can spread in many ways, including through shoes that multiple people try on while at the store. If sweat collects in a pair of footwear, or if the footwear is stored in a humid area, then the fungus that causes athlete’s foot could develop there.

Another foot problem that could be contracted at the shoe store is plantar warts, which occur when the human papilloma virus enters the body. However, these conditions and others can be avoided as long as you wear a good pair of socks on your feet when trying on new pairs of footwear.

Wearing socks while in public is one of the best ways to defend yourself against the development of plantar warts. If you think that warts might be growing on your feet, consider seeing Dr. Alan Discont, D.P.M. of Family Foot and Ankle Care. Dr. Discont will diagnose your condition and recommend appropriate forms of medication to make your unsightly skin problem disappear.

About Plantar Warts

Plantar warts are found on the feet. These warts are caused by the human papillomavirus (HPV) getting into open wounds on the feet. You can recognize plantar warts by a hard bump on the foot. They are usually found on the heels or balls of the feet. Plantar warts are usually not a sign of anything dangerous but do not ignore them if they do cause pain or embarrassment.

If you do have a plantar wart, you may notice some pain when standing but since these warts are not cancerous or dangerous, a podiatrist only needs to be seen if there is excess pain. Doctors can usually easily diagnose plantar warts. Although plantar warts don’t often call for treatment, there are options available. They can be frozen off, removed by an electric tool or burned off using laser treatment.

Home remedies are also available to help with plantar warts. An apple cider vinegar soak can help remove the wart. You can soak your feet in the vinegar for 20 minutes before using a pumice stone to remove any loose skin from the wart.

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If you have any questions, please contact our office in Chandler, AZ. We offer the newest diagnostic and treatment technologies for all your foot care needs.

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By Alan J. Discont, DPM, FACFAS
June 18, 2014
Category: Foot Care

Children's FeetLike adults, children and adolescents can experience a variety of foot and ankle problems. Many foot problems, such as flat foot are congenital, while other problems including heel pain or ingrown toenails are usually the result of an injury.  

Because of a child’s rapidly growing bones and tendons, however, many confusing symptoms associated with their foot and ankle problems go unnoticed. For this reason, it is important that parents pay attention to subtle symptoms. A thorough examination of your child's feet by a Chandler podiatrist periodically may detect an underlying defect or condition and help minimize problems later in life.

Common Foot Problems

Children can experience a variety of foot problems, many of which go away as the child’s feet become more developed, such as pigeon toes, flat feet and knock knees.  In most cases these congenital foot and leg problems do not require any medical intervention. Other common issues that may warrant a visit to the podiatrist include:

Plantar Warts

Plantar warts are common in children, especially during warm months when kids are more likely to walk barefoot.  Forming on the bottom of the feet, these warts are caused by a virus that enters the skin, most often in public areas such as pools or locker rooms.  The condition can be very uncomfortable — like walking on a small pebble or stone—but also highly preventable and treatable.

Ankle Sprains

Ankle sprains are very common foot injuries for active kids, especially those who participate in sports. Sprains occur when the ligaments supporting the ankle are stretched or torn.  Mild ankle sprains heal with little treatment, while severe tearing may require more extensive care including extended immobilization followed by physical therapy. As a general rule, rest, ice, compress and elevate the child’s ankle immediately following the injury.

Ingrown Toenails

Ingrown toenails occur when one or both sides of the nail begin to break through and grow into the soft skin of the toe. This can lead to painful irritation and infection. Common causes of ingrown toenails include poor fitting footwear, toe injuries or poor nail trimming.  Caught early, a child’s ingrown can be treated at home, but if pain persists or the condition worsens, treatment by a podiatrist is necessary to eliminate the infection.

Choose Proper Footwear

Many pre-existing foot conditions can be relieved and new problems prevented by simply ensuring your child is wearing proper shoes. Shoes that are too tight can cause blisters, calluses and corns on the toes and heels. Ingrown toenails can also develop and become infected. A child’s feet are constantly growing and developing, so it may be necessary to change shoe size every few months. Additionally, with time shoes have a tendency to lose proper cushioning and arch support. Footwear that shows a lack of shock absorption or wear and tear should also be replaced to reduce the risk for injuries.  

If you notice your child limping, constantly rubbing their feet, tripping frequently or consistently complaining of foot pain, then have them examined by your Chandler podiatrist or physician. Many problems can be easily identified and treated, and early intervention is the key.