Are You at Risk for Plantar Warts?

The first step in preventing any toenail or skin condition is understanding how and why it develops. It’s not any different when it comes to preventing a wart, so today Dr. Hubert Lee of CarePlus Foot & Ankle Specialists is sharing information regarding various risk factors for plantar warts.

There are many misconceptions when it comes to how a wart develops. The myth that frogs cause warts likely stems from the fact that certain toads have bumps that look similar to warts found on humans.

So if warts don’t come from frogs or toads, where do they come from?

Simply put, plantar warts are caused by a few different strains of a widespread virus known as HPV. Interestingly enough, not every person responds to those strains in the same manner, meaning that a strain that produces warts in one person might not do the same thing for someone else.

It only takes a minor cut, abrasion, or scrape to provide a way for one of these tiny organisms to enter your body, and when it does, you will begin to notice one of the unsightly growths.

Considering that, a noticeable risk factor for plantar warts is having any type of skin damage that provides entry for the virus. Technically, anyone can get plantar warts, but those who are at higher risk include:

  • Teenagers and children;
  • People who have had plantar warts before;
  • Individuals who have a compromised immune system;
  • Individuals who walk barefoot in places where they are exposed to a wart-causing virus.

The virus – much like bacteria and fungus – is often found in damp, warm environments where it thrives such as gym locker rooms, indoor pool decks, and communal showering areas. The good news is that you can lower your risk factor for developing a plantar wart by wearing clean shower shoes or sandals in these places.

Almost everyone develops a wart at some point, so it’s tricky to completely prevent this from happening. If you already have a plantar wart on your foot, or you get one in the future, the best course of action is to visit us for safe removal. Contact the office of Dr. Hubert Lee at CarePlus Foot & Ankle Specialists today at (425) 455-0936 to book an appointment or schedule it online.

Our Simple Guide To Treatment of Plantar Warts

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.

You don’t have to be self-conscious anymore!  Contact the office of Dr. Hubert Lee at CarePlus Foot & Ankle Specialists today at (425) 455-0936 to book an appointment or schedule it online.

Smelly Feet? Here’s What You Can Do!

Your feet are a very important part of you; after all, without them, you couldn’t walk around, run a race, or even stand up. And sometimes, your feet work so hard for you that sometimes they get sweaty and smelly, in warm weather and in cold. Read on for tips from Dr. Hubert Lee of CarePlus Foot & Ankle Specialists regarding how to avoid smelly feet.

What Can You Do About Smelly Feet?

In most cases, there’s no need to worry about smelly feet. But if the stink really bothers you or someone else notices it, you may need help. While you might not be able to stop the smell completely, if you reduce the sweat, you’ll reduce the odor.

Here are some tips for reducing sweat on your feet.

Keep them clean. Instead of just washing your feet in the shower, wash them daily by dipping them into a tub of water and scrubbing them. Be sure to dry them thoroughly, especially between the toes to prevent athlete’s foot.

Wear the correct socks. Some wools, cotton, and special knits made specifically for athletes will allow your feet to breathe and absorb the sweat. Put on a fresh pair of socks every day, especially if they tend to get damp.

Avoid shoes that are too tight. Shoes that are too tight can cause your feet to sweat more than normal.

Change your shoes. Continually wearing the same shoes every day can make them smell more. Allow them to dry out for a few days before wearing them again.

Kill the germs. Consider using a disinfectant spray to kill bacteria inside your shoes and/or washing your feet with antibacterial soap. Putting your shoes outside in the sun also may help.

Wash insoles and/or shoes. Some shoes or insoles – particularly sneakers – are washable. Washing them is a great way to destroy odors and get cleaner-smelling shoes. Just be sure to dry them completely before you begin wearing them again.

Avoid shoes that are made of plastic. Some human-made materials and plastics don’t allow your feet to breathe properly.

Air them out. Let them breathe, particularly at night. But don’t go shoeless too often, especially when outdoors because certain bacteria will be attracted to your feet.

Don’t share towels or shoes with other people. Doing so can transfer smell-causing bacteria from other people’s feet to yours and nobody wants that!

If you’re still experiencing issues with sweaty, smelly feet and need relief, contact the office of Dr. Hubert Lee at CarePlus Foot & Ankle Specialists today at (425) 455-0936 to book an appointment or schedule an appointment online so we can discuss your treatment options.