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Verrucas, or plantar warts, are considered highly contagious viruses, which thrive in moist places such as swimming pool areas. Individuals who often go barefoot in these public areas may find themselves contracting the wart virus. Different treatment options for verrucas, if necessary, include over-the-counter sprays and creams, or freezing therapy through the use of cold liquid nitrogen. Plantar warts can also disappear by themselves. Make sure to protect your feet when venturing out into public areas that have a nearby water source.

If not treated properly, plantar warts can exacerbate and become debilitating. If you would like medical assistance regarding plantar wart treatment, talk to one of our podiatrists of Foot Doctor of the East Bay. Our doctors can treat your foot and ankle needs.  

About Plantar Warts

Plantar warts are the result of human papillomavirus (HPV) getting into the feet through tiny cuts or abrasions. Typically, plantar warts are contracted through walking barefoot on dirty surfaces since the virus thrives in warm and moist environments. They are mostly found on the heels or balls of the feet.

While plantar warts are generally harmless, those experiencing excessive pain, suffering from diabetes or a compromised immune system require immediate medical care. Plantar warts are easily diagnosed, usually through scraping off a bit of rough skin or by getting a biopsy.

Symptoms

  • Legions on the bottom of your feet, usually rough and grainy
  • Hard or thick callused spots
  • Wart seeds, which are small clotted blood vessels that look like little black spots
  • Pain, discomfort, or tenderness of your feet when walking or standing

Treatment

  • Freezing
  • Electric tool removal
  • Laser Treatment
  • Topical Creams (prescription only)
  • Over-the-counter medications

To help prevent developing plantar warts, avoid walking barefoot over abrasive surfaces that can cause cuts or wounds for HPV to get into. Avoiding direct contact with other warts, as well as not picking or rubbing existing warts, will help prevent the further spread of plantar warts. If you think you have developed plantar warts, it is best speak to your podiatrist. He or she can diagnose the warts on your feet and recommend the appropriate treatment options.

If you have any questions, please contact our offices located in San Leandro, Pleasanton, and Los Gatos, CA. We offer the newest diagnostic and treatment technologies for all your foot care needs.

Read more about Plantar Warts

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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