Sole Survival … solving your foot problems
If you notice a flat growth on the bottom of your foot, which is usually associated with some pain, it may be a plantar wart. Salicylic acid is the best first line of defense. It is important to get rid of plantar warts quickly to avoid spreading them to others and to other parts of your body.
If you have Foot warts and plan to go swimming, wear a special sock so you don’t spread it to other people. Foot warts can be transmitted through water, so take precautions when walking in the bathroom and near pools. Wearing flip-flops around wet areas are advised.
What are foot warts?
Foot warts are warts that grow on the underside of the foot. The warts are usually about 1cm in diameter. They are a common complaint among children and adults. Sometimes a single wart may have many small warts surrounding it. A single wart with many small warts is called a Mosaic Wart.
Foot warts are often transmitted from one person to another through direct contact to the affected area, in swimming pools, showers and changing areas.
Foot warts are also called Verrucaes
What do foot warts look like?
Foot warts look similar to corns. The surface of the foot wart is covered with black dots. The black dots are small blood vessels that feed the verrucae. The color is usually paler then the usual tone of the skin.
What are the symptoms of foot warts?
Some of the most common symptoms of foot warts are:
- feeling like a small stone is under the foot
- pain when squeezed
- pain when direct force is applied to them
What causes Foot warts?
Foot warts are caused by the human papilloma virus (HPV). If there is a break, scratch or a thorn in the skin, the HPV can enter the skin.
Can Foot warts be treated?
Yes. Your doctor can prescribe medication and in severe cases, freeze the Foot warts. If you are diabetic or have poor circulation, and believe you have Foot warts, consult your doctor before trying to treat them.
In this issue of Spavelous “Now You Are In The Know” we will look at:
- Dry Cracked Heel
- Hammer Toes
- Heel Pain
- Ingrown Toenails
- Perspiration Causes Foot Odor
- Swollen Feet
- Toe Deformities
- Foot Warts