If you notice a small round growth or circular flat spot with a depressed middle on your foot, you may have a wart. When untreated, warts can spread and become painful. Contact experienced podiatrist Eric Peters, DPM, in White Plains, New York, for personalized treatments to get rid of warts. Call the office today or schedule a consultation online if you have any signs of warts or other foot and ankle problems.
Warts, sometimes called plantar warts or verrucas, are small growths caused by a few strains of the human papillomavirus (HPV). They can grow anywhere on your foot but are most often found on the bottom of the foot.
As the wart develops, your skin thickens and may resemble a callus. The callus often has tiny black dots and a depressed center. Between the callus and the wart root penetrating your foot, warts can become quite painful when you walk or stand and put pressure on it.
Warts are extremely contagious, and like other foot infections like athlete’s foot and toenail fungus, spread through indirect contact. You increase your risk of getting warts by not wearing shoes in public places. The virus can easily enter your body through a tiny crack or opening in your skin.
The virus multiplies in warm, wet areas. Public pools, locker rooms, and shared showers are some of the most common places that you could get the infection.
In some cases, a wart may go away on its own. However, if you find a wart on your foot, it’s best to make an appointment with your podiatrist. The team at Eric Peters, DPM, offers several treatments for warts, including:
Salicylic acid and cryotherapy are two of the most frequently used treatments. Most patients need multiple treatments, but these options effectively kill the virus causing the wart with consistent application.
Large or deep warts may take longer to treat, and your podiatrist may recommend a procedure to cut out the growth. Follow-up appointments can ensure that the entire root is gone and the wart won’t regrow.
You can reduce your risk of getting warts by always wearing shoes in public areas, including shower shoes or flip-flops in public locker rooms and showers. Keep your feet clean and dry.
If you have a wart, you can prevent it from spreading by keeping it covered, washing your hands frequently, and changing your socks and shoes regularly.
Call Eric Peters, DPM, today or make an appointment online for expert treatments to get rid of warts.