What Are Plantar Warts And How Can You Get Rid Of Them?
Plantar warts are an infection caused by the human papilloma virus (HPV). There are at least 120 different types of HPV. Some types of the virus affect the plantar surface of the foot, while others affect the genital and mucous membranes. Most plantar warts are caused by HPV virus type 1.
Plantar warts are extremely common, especially among children. Most people have at least one plantar wart at some point in their lives. Plantar warts are seen in all age groups, but they are rare among the elderly and are the most common among children 12-16 years of age.
Plantar warts are non-cancerous skin growths on the surface of the skin. In most cases, plantar warts go away in about two years without treatment. Plantar warts typically have a smooth surface and are gray-yellow or brown in color. They are usually located over bony points or areas of pressure, such as the ball of the foot or heel. Plantar warts are generally flat because of pressure on the foot.
Warts can cause pain and irritation, in addition to being unsightly. Most plantar warts are about the size of a pencil eraser, but some of them grow bigger. In some plantar warts, you’ll find little black dots, which are little blood vessels that have grown into the wart. Some people call these types of warts “seed warts”. Occasionally, people mistake corns or calluses for plantar warts.
How Plantar Warts Are Spread
Plantar warts are spread via person-to-person contact. The transmission can also be indirect. For example, if someone with plantar warts uses a public shower, another person who uses the shower while barefoot could develop plantar warts. The virus that causes plantar warts thrives in warm, moist environments. Avoid walking barefoot in locker rooms, public showers, and other areas where exposure to the plantar wart-causing virus is commonplace.
Not everyone who comes into contact with the virus will develop plantar warts. The virus must have a point of entry into the skin of your foot, such as a cut, scrape, or crack in dry skin. Feet that are wet and fragile from being in the water for a long time are also more prone to developing plantar warts. In addition, people who have a weakened immune system are more likely to get plantar warts.
Treatments for Plantar Warts
Over-the-counter plantar wart medications only work about 50% of the time. They usually work by peeling the warts off. A common home remedy for plantar warts is duct tape, but this treatment isn’t recommended. For the best results, visit your Seattle podiatrist to undergo plantar wart treatment.
If plantar warts are painful, it can cause you to alter your posture or gait, which can affect the way you walk, run, or stand. This can lead to joint or muscle discomfort. Your podiatrist may treat the plantar warts by freezing them off with liquid nitrogen or removing the warts surgically. If the warts aren’t bothering you, you could leave them alone and they will probably go away on their own.
Seek Treatment For Plantar Warts With A Seattle Podiatrist
Integrative Foot & Ankle Centers of Washington has offices in Kirkland, Renton, Everett, and Redmond. If you have plantar warts and they are bothering you, don’t hesitate to get in touch with our team of podiatrists in the greater Seattle area. We’ll help you get rid of unsightly plantar warts and eliminate any discomfort they cause. Call (425) 678-3877 or fill out our online contact form to schedule an appointment.