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Foot Warts

Warts are a type of foot condition that occurs on soft tissue.  Foot warts are typically caused by a virus and can appear anywhere on the skin.  Plantar warts are warts that can appear on the sole of the foot.  Children and teenagers tend to be more at risk for warts while some individuals can be immune.

Causes

The likelihood of foot warts can be increased by the following:

  • Open wounds on the foot
  • Contact with dirty surfaces
  • Warm and moist environments
  • Contact with warts on other parts of the body

Symptoms

The following symptoms may be present with foot warts:

  • Development of raised, hardened skin with well-defined boundaries
  • Gray or brown colored skin within the area of infection
  • Black pinpoints in the area of infection
  • Sharp, burning pain when pressure or weight is applied to skin containing the wart

Home Treatment

Self-treatment is not recommended.  Publicly available chemicals can contain acids and other compounds that can damage non-infected skin tissue.  The hazards of self-care are particularly high for diabetics and those with cardiovascular and circulatory issues.  The expertise of a podiatrist is needed to ensure infected tissue is addressed without damage to healthy skin cells.  

When to Visit a Podiatrist

Contact your podiatrist when any abnormal growth can be detected on the skin to ensure a proper diagnosis.  Carcinomas, melanomas, and other types of lesions can be misidentified as a wart.

Diagnosis and Treatment

Team AFFC can provide recommendations and supervise your use of a wart-removal preparation.  In addition, foot warts can be removed via surgery in conjunction with a local anesthetic.

The CO2 laser cautery procedure is also a treatment option and is performed with local anesthesia, with a reduced risk of scarring from treatment.

Prevention

  • Keep your feet covered
  • Change shoes and socks daily
  • Keep feet clean and dry
  • Monitor children’s feet regularly
  • Avoid direct contact with warts from another person or from another part of your body
  • Monitor your body for changes in your skin’s texture and coloration
  • Include a visit to your podiatrist as part of your annual health evaluation

“Warts” APMA – American Podiatric Medical Association, https://www.apma.org/warts

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