What Causes Warts on Feet and What You Can Do About Them
Warts on any part of your body are bothersome. But warts on feet are especially bothersome. This is because theyвre both unsightly as well as painful. With each step you take, the pain caused from the friction and pressure applied to a wart on your foot can quickly become unbearable. This makes treatment a necessity. Foot warts (also known as plantar warts) are caused by the human papillomavirus (HPV). This is the same virus that causes other types of warts to grow on the body. If youвre wondering how you might have contracted the virus, unfortunately itвs virtually impossible to tell. HPV is everywhere. It can be spread from person to person. But you can also get it by coming into contact with surfaces that can harbor the virus. These include warm, damp places, like the inside of your shoe or the floor of a public pool, gym or shower room. Once contact is made, the tiniest cut, scrape or crack on your toes or feet is all it takes for the virus to make its way into your body. From there, the virus often incubates for a period of weeks or months. But once this period is over, a single wart or even a cluster of warts can appear at any time. The good news is that the older you get, the less likely you are to develop new warts.
This is due to your bodyвs increased immune response to the virus over time. What is a Plantar Wart Could I Have Something Else? Obviously, warts arenвt the only types of growths that can occur on the bottom of your feet or on your toes. So how can you tell the difference? One commonly cited difference between other types of growths and a foot wart is the location of sensitivity. If you experience pain or discomfort from pressure applied to the sides of your skin growth, as opposed to direct pressure, then itвs likely a foot wart. Another way to tell the difference is by appearance. Plantar warts are flat and rough and usually have very distinct edges. Theyвre fleshy or brownish in color and they have small black spots in the center (those are blood vessels by the way). HPV is highly contagious, so no touching, picking or scratching at your existing warts. Otherwise, you could easily spread them from one part of your body to another. Also, if you do end up touching your warts for whatever reason, be sure to wash your hands thoroughly afterwards. HPV gets into the body via breaks in the skin, so you should take good care of your feet. Be sure to protect your skin from injury and tend to any open cuts or abrasions on your feet right away. HPV thrives in moist environments, like a pair of shoes or socks so keep your feet clean and dry by changing your socks and disinfecting your shoes regularly.
Also, avoid walking barefoot outside, especially on damp surfaces or in communal areas, e. g. swimming pool decks, public showers, etc. Instead, wear a pair of sandals or flip-flops. This will not only help protect you from the HPV virus, but it will also protect your skin in general. Finally, there are no guarantees when it comes to preventing warts, but if you follow these basic precautions, you should significantly reduce your chances of getting them in the future. Foot warts are not always easy to get rid of, but this doesnвt necessarily mean that you canвt treat them at home yourself. In fact, Iвd suggest starting with this 5-step process. It works really well on small to medium sized warts, however, larger warts may not respond as well. Either way, if you donвt see noticeable results within a few weeks time, then you can always consult your doctor for more aggressive treatment. Return to Warts are small growths on the skin. Warts may affect your appearance and can be embarrassing. Warts may itch or hurt when they are on the feet. All warts can spread from one part of your body to another. Warts can spread from person to person, but this is uncommon.
Most warts are raised and have a rough surface. They may be round or oval. The spot where the wart is may be lighter or darker than your skin. Rarely, warts are black. Some warts have smooth or flat surfaces. Some warts may cause pain. Plantar warts found on the soles of the feet. They can be very painful. Having many of them on your feet may cause problems walking or running. Subungual and periungual warts appear under and around the toenails. Your health care provider will look at your skin to diagnose warts. Your health care provider can treat a wart if you do not like how it looks or if it is painful. Do NOT attempt to remove a wart yourself by burning, cutting, tearing, picking, or by any other method. Special foot cushions can help ease the pain from plantar warts. You can buy these at drugstores without a prescription. Use socks. Wear shoes with plenty of room. Avoid high heels. Your health care provider may need to trim away thick skin or calluses that form over warts on your foot or around nails. Avoid direct contact with a wart on another person s skin. Wash your hands carefully after touching a wart. Wear socks or shoes to prevent getting plantar warts. Wash the nail file that you use to file your wart so that you don t spread the virus to other parts of your body.