shoesPeople have long demanded that shoes be left by the door upon entering the house.  Expert Stephen Morse, a professor of epidemiology at Columbia’s School of Public Health, supports this notion if the goal is to keep floors clean, but says that it might not be a necessary practice to fight germs.

He agrees that shoes can track in pathogens, including the E. coli virus and influenza virus.  However, those pathogens are only harmful if they enter the body through an open cut, which Morse claims to be a “pretty far-fetched scenario.”  He also acknowledges that carpets and wet surfaces can harbor the plantar warts virus and athlete’s foot fungus, but says that the risk of catching anything more serious is pretty low. 

On the other hand, he argues that wearing shoes indoors offers protection from more realistic threats, such as nails or other harmful objects on the ground.  Furthermore, exposure to dirt can be beneficial according to “The Hygiene Hypothesis,” because it forces the body to build up its immune system.

While shoes in the house might not be as big of a threat as they seem, developing plantar warts is still fairly common through other means and may require medical attention.  For treatment, see podiatrist Dr. James C. Ricketti, DPM of Hamilton Square. Dr. Ricketti will care for all your podiatric needs.     

About Plantar Warts

Plantar warts are the result of HPV, or human papillomavirus getting into open wounds on the feet. They are mostly on the heels or balls of the feet. Some symptoms include:

  • Some pain while standing
  • Tenderness in the foot’s sole
  • Cosmetic discomfort (embarrassment)

While plantar warts are generally harmless, those experiencing excessive pain or those suffering from diabetes or a compromised immune system require immediate medical care. Plantar warts are easily diagnosed, usually through scraping off a bit of rough skin or a biopsy.

Several methods for treating plantar warts exist. They include:

  • Freezing
  • Electric tool removal
  • Laser Treatment
  • Topical Creams (prescription only)
  • Over the counter medications
  • Apple Cider Vinegar Soak

To avoid plantar warts, refrain from walking barefoot in public areas and avoid direct contact with warts.

We offer the newest diagnostic treatment and technologies for all of your foot and ankle needs. If you have any questions, please feel free to contact our office in Hamilton Square, NJ.

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