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By Clark Podiatry Center
June 11, 2019
Category: warts

Sometimes foot problems can be misidentified causing the wrong treatment to be applied. Plantar warts are one such issue. Often taken for corns or calluses, a plantar wart is a small growth that appears on the heel or other weight-bearing surfaces of your feet.  Plantar warts are caused by the HPV virus or human papillomavirus that enters through cracks in your feet.

Signs of a plantar wart include:

  • Small fleshy growth – occurs on the bottom of your feet
  • Black pinpoints – actually small blood vessels
  • Pain – tenderness in the ball of your foot or another weight-bearing areas
  • Hardened area of the skin – may indicate where the wart has grown inward in your foot

Risk Factors for a plantar wart include:

  • Children and teenagers
  • People that walk barefoot in public places like locker rooms or pools
  • Men and women with weakened immune systems
  • If you’ve had a plantar wart before

Ways to avoid developing a plantar wart include:

  • Wearing sandals in locker rooms or pools
  • Avoid touching a wart, if you do, wash your hands thoroughly
  • Keep your feet clean and dry
  • Alternate shoes and socks

Plantar warts can go away on their own but can take quite a while. You may want to treat the wart yourself or see your podiatrist.

Treating a plantar wart includes:

  • Using an over the counter medicine
  • Salicylic acid – applied by your podiatrist, it will help peel away the wart
  • Cryotherapy – Your podiatrist will freeze it off
  • Surgery – Cutting the wart by an electric needle. Requires a pain medicine
  • Immune therapy – Strengthening your immune system to fight the plantar wart itself
  • Laser therapy – treating the wart with a laser. Must repeated several times to be effective

If you believe you have a plantar wart or any other foot concerns, please make an appointment with Dr. Brandon A. Macy, who is associated with New Jersey Children's Foot Health Institute. He will assess your feet and find the appropriate treatments to get you back to being active. Call Clark Podiatry at (732) 382-3470.

By Clark Podiatry Center
February 18, 2019
Category: warts
Tags: Plantar Warts   warts   basic foot care  

As children learn to share with their siblings and friends, they can get good at sharing a lot of things – including germs. This includes everything from the common cold to fungal and viral skin infections, like – you guessed it – warts.

The virus that causes warts only needs is a small opening in the skin, such as a scratch or cut. Then, warts spread easily from one area of the skin to another, and also from person to person, just by skin contact with the wart. The virus causes rapid skin growth in the infected area, which causes the bumpy growth.

Warts are usually harmless and painless but can be embarrassing and bothersome, especially when they are on the feet. Plantar warts can become hard and make it feel like you are walking with a pebble in your shoe.

If your child has one or more plantar warts, you can treat them with:

  • A Salicylic Acid wart treatment (over the counter)
  • Cryotherapy (over the counter options are available, or with a stronger solution at your doctor’s office)
  • Surgical removal (by your doctor)

You can reduce the risk of infection and spreading warts with the following tips:

  • Basic foot care – Help your children wash their feet each night. This can help reduce the germs that might cause infection. You should also check for cuts and scrapes since that’s the way that viruses can infect the skin.
  • Try not to let your children be barefoot in public areas – if they will be barefoot, make sure to wash and dry feet shortly after.
  • Do not allow children to share shoes, socks, or towels.
  • Keep your child from picking at warts, as they can spread to other parts of the body.
  • If someone in the home has warts, treat them right away.

If your child has persistent plantar warts that just won’t go away even with treatment, see our board-certified podiatrist, Dr. Brandon Macy at Clark Podiatry Center. He can assess your child’s feet at New Jersey Children's Foot Health Institute and find the best treatment for your child’s feet. Make an appointment at our Clark, NJ office so we can keep your child walking.



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