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By Dr. Michael Stein
September 15, 2014
Category: Warts

Handling Plantar Wart GrowthsUgh, warts! Maybe you used a damp locker room towel that wasn’t quite clean. Maybe you took a walk on a pool deck without your sandals, or stood on a bathmat you share with your roommate. Whatever the cause, you now have an ugly plantar wart on your foot. Unless you’re planning on getting an early start on your Halloween costume, chances are good you want to deal with this unwelcome outbreak before it spreads.

Though typically harmless, these growths are definitely unsightly. If they’re in an inconvenient location (like plantar warts, which form on the bottom of feet) they can making walking painful. They also spread easily from place to place, so it’s best to deal with them as soon as possible.

These toady bumps can emerge or multiply any time you touch something that’s come into contact with one. The virus that causes warts, HPV, loves damp, toasty places like locker rooms and looks for a foothold to cause an infection; cuts and scratches are extremely vulnerable. Wash your hands and skin often and thoroughly—good advice in any circumstance, but doubly so if you’re trying to keep warts from cascading across your feet and hands.

Depending on your specific situation, the experts at Foot Doctor of the East Bay may consider a number of potential remedies to eliminate your existing trouble spots. Peeling medicine, such as salicylic acid, may be prescribed. The acid removes layers of affected skin one by one until the infection is destroyed. As an alternative (or in addition) to peeling medicine, we may suggest cryotherapy. This involves freezing the growth with liquid nitrogen to kill the offending tissues, which peel away after a week or so. The procedure is repeated until the entire infection has been eliminated.

As a last resort, surgical options may be considered, though this is not recommended except in extreme cases—the procedures may be painful and leave scars. The unsightly tissues are excised using an electric needle or burned and cauterized using a laser.

If you’re having trouble with warts—especially if they’re causing pain, swelling, oozing, or discoloration of the surrounding skin—contact Dr. Michael Stein and Zeindelin Ahmad, DPM of Foot Doctor of the East Bay right away. You can reach us at one of our three convenient East Bay, CA, locations: San Leandro, (510) 483-3390; Pleasanton, (925) 425-9684; or Los Gatos, (408) 356-6767.

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