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WHAT CAUSES PLANTAR WARTS

Introduction:
Plantar warts are result of a type of virus called human papillomavirus (HPV) getting into compromised skin areas mostly around the bottom of the heels or balls of the feet. The warts are generally harmless, but they can cause pain and have the potential of spreading to different areas of the feet. The plantar warts are easily diagnosed usually through scrapping of bit of the rough skin or by getting a biopsy.

The warts are most prevalent in teenagers and individuals with weakened immune system. Most warts disappear on their own, but some require medical attention when becoming painful which affects daily activity.

Symptoms:
-         Callus area to bottom of the foot, usually rough and thick skin
-         Wart seeds, which look like little black spots as result from small clotted blood vessels
-         Pain and discomfort with direct pressure mostly when walking or standing

Treatments:
-         Freezing
-         Laser treatment
-         Topical medications or creams
-         Over-the-counter medication

Prevention:
To prevent developing plantar warts, avoid walking barefoot over abrasive surfaces that can cause cuts in the skin for the virus to get into. Avoid direct with other types of warts to prevent spreading to different areas.

If you think you have developed warts, you should contact a foot and ankle specialist immediately at Community Foot Specialists. For more information on further treatment options for plantar warts and other foot and ankle problems, call to schedule for a consultation today at (937) 426-9500.


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