plantar-wartsAccording to Pete Smith, vice president of the Pennsylvania Podiatric Medical Association, if left untreated, plantar warts can spread easily. Plantar warts are a common symptom of HPV, or human papilloma virus. People are likely to contract HPV when walking barefoot in areas that are high in moisture such as bare floors, swimming pool decks, and locker rooms.

Since the infected cells remain outside of the body, they are difficult to kill. This makes the process getting rid of plantar warts even more difficult. Home remedies such as duct tape and topical creams may work temporarily, but it is still important to seek professional medical help if there is no improvement.

Plantar warts can be very uncomfortable. If you have plantar warts, talk to podiatrist Dr. James C. Ricketti, DPM of Hamilton Square. Dr. Ricketti can treat your foot and ankle needs.

About Plantar Warts

Plantar warts are found on the feet. These warts are caused by the human papillomavirus (HPV) getting into open wounds on the feet. You can recognize plantar warts by a hard bump on the foot. They are usually found on the heels or balls of the feet. Plantar warts are usually not a sign of anything dangerous but do not ignore them if they do cause pain or embarrassment.

If you do have a plantar wart, you may notice some pain when standing but since these warts are not cancerous or dangerous, a podiatrist only needs to be seen if there is excess pain. Doctors can usually easily diagnose plantar warts. Although plantar warts don’t often call for treatment, there are options available. They can be frozen off, removed by an electric tool or burned off using laser treatment.

Home remedies are also available to help with plantar warts. An apple cider vinegar soak can help remove the wart. You can soak your feet in the vinegar for 20 minutes before using a pumice stone to remove any loose skin from the wart. Make sure to keep the wart covered for protection in between daily treatments.

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