Preventing Plantar Warts
By Colorado Foot and Ankle
April 23, 2020
Category: Foot Care
Tags: plantar warts  

Plantar warts are tiny growths that typically form on the heels and other portions of the feet that usually bear weight. This pressure might likewise cause warts to form inward under the callus, which is a thick, rough skin layer. HPV causes plantar warts, and it can enter the body via small breaks or cuts on the bottom part of the feet.

That being said, most cases of plantar warts are not serious health issues and often go away with home treatments. However, those who have diabetes, are immuno-compromised or have recurring plantar warts despite diligent home treatments, should visit their podiatrist here at the Colorado Foot and Ankle Clinic.

During a consultation at one of our offices in Briargate Parkway or Pikes Peak Ave, Colorado Springs, Dr. Eric Gessner, Dr. Bryan Groth, or Dr. Jacob Fassman, will examine your plantar warts and take into account your specific circumstances to recommend the most suitable treatment options for you.

How Do I Know If I Have Plantar Warts?

Symptoms of plantar warts include the following:

  • Tiny, grainy, and rough lesions or growths at the foot’s bottom part, typically on your heel’s forefoot and base of your toes
  • Thickened, hard skin covering a defined spot where the plantar warts have formed inward
  • Lesions that intrude on the normal ridges and lines on the foot’s bottom part
  • Black pinpoints that look like tiny seeds, which are clotted blood vessels
  • Tenderness or pain when standing or walking

How Do I Prevent Plantar Wart?

To minimize your risk of developing plantar warts, do the following precautions:

  • Keep your feet dry and clean.
  • Change your socks daily.
  • Avoid contact with warts, even your own, and always wash your hands thoroughly after you’re touched a wart.
  • Never scratch or pick at warts.
  • Don’t walk barefoot in locker rooms and around swimming pools.
  • Never use the same nail clipper, pumice stone, or emery board on your wart-free skin that you use on your warts.

When Should I See My Podiatrist?

Visit your podiatrist in our Briargate Parkway or Pikes Peak Ave, Colorado Springs, locations to get your plantar warts examined if:

  • Your warts become painful, bleed, or has changed color or appearance
  • You have tried wart medications, but your warts recur, multiply, or persist
  • Your warts are affecting your daily activities
  • You’re not 100% certain whether or not your lesions are plantar warts
  • Your feet have reduced sensation
  • You’re a diabetic
  • You have a compromised immune system due to an immune system disorder like AIDS or are taking immunosuppressants

Need Help With Your Plantar Warts? Call Us

Dial (719) 475-8080 to reach Colorado Foot and Ankle and schedule your appointment with Dr. Eric Gessner, Dr. Bryan Groth, or Dr. Jacob Fassman, in our Pikes Peak Ave or Briargate Parkway, Colorado Springs, locations.

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