Have you noticed what you think could be a wart on the bottom of your foot? If it’s making you self-conscious, you should know that plantar warts are widespread and easily treated! Today Dr. Hubert Lee of CarePlus Foot & Ankle Specialists is sharing a simple guide regarding the treatment of this common condition.
Plantar warts are so common because catching the virus can be as easy as going barefoot at the pool or gym locker room. The virus can easily be transferred if the plantar wart has a small nick or open cut on it.
At-Home Treatment for Plantar Warts
Depending on the individual and how severe the wart is, it can often be treated through continued use of OTC wart removal medications such as Compound W.
You may have observed that the bottoms of your feet have incredibly thick skin that is difficult to penetrate. Unfortunately, this thick skin is the reason the virus is so good at staying hidden from your immune system.
The goal of most wart treatments is to rub the surface of the skin to stimulate your immune system so it can attack the virus better than if you were to leave it alone.
When To See A Podiatrist for Treatment of Plantar Warts
Plantar warts are most commonly located on the bottom of the feet, so they can be irritating and painful to walk on. The virus isn’t typically treated quickly, especially at home.
So if you don’t want to feel like you’re walking on a small pebble for the next 1 to 6 months, more aggressive and professional treatment is recommended.
If you’ve seen your podiatrist and have been diagnosed with a plantar wart, you will likely be given some of these treatments:
- Prescribed oral or topical medications;
- Cryotherapy (freezing);
- Laser therapy;
- Surgical removal;
- Acid treatments.
There’s no need to be embarrassed if you have a plantar wart. As long as you take preventive measures such as wearing shoes in public areas such as locker rooms, public showers, pools, and gyms you won’t need to worry about the virus lodging itself into your foot.