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Oddly enough, there are a lot of Old Wives Tales and folk remedies surrounding warts. Perhaps you’ve even heard of some one them; however, if you end up dealing with one or clusters of these hard, skin-colored bumps you may be wondering how you got them and how to treat them. If you develop warts, particularly on the soles of your feet, this is something that your podiatrist can help you treat.
What are plantar warts?
All warts are the result of a virus that invades the skin through cuts or tiny open wounds. Warts, especially on the feet, can be mistaken for a corn or callus; however, unlike corns or calluses that often go away in a couple of weeks, it can take years for a wart to go away. During this time, warts can also spread to other areas of the body including the hands and face.
How do I know that I have plantar warts?
If you’ve never had a wart before you may not be able to distinguish this growth from other common foot problems. This is where a podiatrist can help. A foot doctor can diagnose warts through a simple physical exam. Plantar warts can cause pain, particularly when standing or walking. Patients who have diabetes or circulation problems in their feet should seek immediate medical care if they develop warts or experience any changes in their feet.
How are plantar warts treated?
While warts can go away on their own this can usually take years for the body to fight off the viral infection. Since plantar warts can be uncomfortable or even painful many people turn to a podiatrist to treat warts. The type of treatment that your foot doctor will recommend will depend on the size, amount and location of the wart or warts. Common wart treatments include:
- Medication: a special acid-based medication (e.g. salicylic acid) is applied to the skin where the acid will break down the wart. Several applications may be required over the course of several weeks in order to get rid of the wart.
- Freezing: sometimes warts can be frozen off through a procedure known as cryotherapy
- Curettage: this is the surgical removal of a wart using a special scalpel (local anesthesia is applied to the area to numb it before treatment)
- Laser: laser treatment can also be used to breakdown and destroy the wart
It’s important to protect your feet from potential reinfection. If you are prone to developing plantar warts then talk with your podiatrist about measures you can take to keep your feet healthy and free from infection.
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!
When you look at your feet and ankles and notice a growth that wasn’t there before, it could panic you. What is on my foot and why is it there? After a call into the podiatrist, they inform you that they have made an appointment for you to come in for an examination and a possible soft tissue biopsy. These words can be very frightening but read on to learn more about what you should expect if you have to go through a soft tissue biopsy.
What Is a Soft Tissue Biopsy?
A soft tissue biopsy is the removal of the skin, fat, muscle, and tendons that surround, connect, or support other tissues or organs of the foot or ankle. These biopsies are used to help inspect the skin and what might be causing the new growth or imperfection. They usually take a bit of time and are done by a surgeon.
What Can Cause a Soft Tissue Biopsy?
- Freckles that are bigger than average or discolored
- Moles that are bigger or more discolored than normal
- Infections due to fungus or bacteria
- Eczema, dermatitis or other rashes
- Lesions from diabetes or other underlying conditions
- Fibromas, cysts and other nodule conditions or diseases
- Psoriasis or other toenail conditions
What Does the Biopsy Involve?
A biopsy is the removal of a small piece of skin from an affected area. It is usually done under local anesthetic and then cleaned and wrapped up. There are multiple types of biopsies, here are the main types:
- A thin piece of tissue is shaved off, known as a shave biopsy.
- A tiny core of tissues is removed or punched out from the body. This may require the use of stitches.
- An entire piece of skin is removed and may require stitches.
A skin biopsy may sound alarming, but it is very necessary to help prevent severe diseases such as cancer, fungal infections and diabetic complications. If you suspect that something is wrong with the skin on your feet, it is important to call your podiatrist right away. Call Dr. Alan J. Discont and Dr. Krahn of Family Foot & Ankle Care, PC located in Chandler, Arizona. The number is 480-732-0033, or you can also make an appointment online today. Assess unknown skin conditions before it is too late.
One day after hitting the gym, you decide it’s time to wash away that sweat. You go into the locker room, strip down, and step into the shower. Once you are done, you towel off, wrap up, and walk over to a changing stall. Everything seems great. You just got an amazing workout in your brand new, podiatrist approved running shoes, you are cleaned up and ready to go. Little did you know that your bare feet are being attacked by a virus from the washroom floor.
Fast forward a month later and while putting on your shoes, you see this ugly fat wart right on your foot. You don’t remember getting it, but it is very obvious now. How did it get there? Why did it pop up on your arch? You should have worn a pair of water shoes into that public shower at the gym last month, and now you are paying the price. You have a plantar’s wart.
Plantar’s warts can appear all over the foot, but typically appear on the bottom of the plantar’s arch. At first, they might seem to be a callus, but look again, that rough skin patch can grow in size and become a bump all of its own.
These warts are caused by a virus. Usually they are transmitted by direct contact with the skin. Many people get them because they walk in a high traffic public area with bare feet. A pool, locker room, or public shower are all havens for the plantar’s wart virus.
These plantar’s warts can come in intervals. They can appear in as little as three days or within a few months’ time. They can come in large quantities or all by themselves.
Over the counter medication can work for top foot warts. Give it a shot, but if it does not work, call a podiatrist right away. Plantar’s warts tend to be harder to treat and typically need to be seen by a podiatrist. A podiatrist can remove the wart by excision, freezing, burning, strong acids or lasers. Most of these types of treatments are done under local anesthesia so that the patient does not feel any pain.
After getting the wart treated be sure to pay close attention to your feet, as Plantar’s Warts have a high reoccurrence rate.
Have a wart on your foot? Not sure what kind it is and how to get rid of it? Call Family Foot & Ankle Care, PC located in Chandler, Arizona. There Dr. Alan J. Discont and Dr. Krahn can examine, diagnose and treat your warts. Call 480-732-0033 or make an appointment online today.
When you hurt your feet and ankle your first instinct may be to call your general practitioner. This of course, is a good starting point, but a general practitioner is not a foot and ankle specialist. A podiatrist like Dr. Alan Discont or Dr. Krahn from Family Foot & Ankle Care, PC are the experts regarding foot and ankle health. Their office is conveniently located in Chandler, Arizona. Over their many years of practice they have seen hundreds of feet. They have seen diabetic feet, athletic feet, flat feet, high arched feet, feet with warts, feet with corns, and many other conditions and ailments. Many people wonder, what exactly does a podiatrist do? Well there is a myriad of services they provide in their daily role as podiatrists.
What Podiatrists Do
- Review patient’s history – Did you know your foot and ankle problems can result from a life time of use? Other times, certain events or past illnesses will help determine why your feet are feeling tired, achy, and inflamed. When Dr. Krahn and Dr. Discont meet with you, they will get a full medical history so that they can properly examine, diagnosis, and treat any ailment that may be presented to them.
- Examine Your Shoes – If you thought staring at your feet wasn’t enough, then just wait until they critique your shoes. Podiatrists know which shoes fit best for you and your feet. After they figure out what kind of arch you have and the size of your foot, they can then recommend a shoe that will be best fit and support your foot and ankle. These shoes will help you stay on your feet longer and prevent issue in the future.
- Prescribe medicine for treatment – Is your athletes foot itching like mad? Have you tried every over the counter option there is to no avail? Look no further! Call 480-732-0033 today and make an appointment to see our staff! Dr. Discont and Dr. Krahn can prescribe you the right medication to get your athletes foot under control, as well as treat and prescribe medications for other disorders as well.
- Give a referral – If Dr. Discont and Dr. Krahn have examined you and feel that a different type of specialist would assist you better, they are able to provide you with a referral to get the treatment you need with a doctor they recommend.
If you have hurt your foot or ankle and were contemplating calling your regular physician, think again! Call Family Foot & Ankle Care, PC today or make an appointment online. Our staff is here to help!