wartsThere are a lot of common foot conditions that can easily be fixed. Bunions, athlete’s foot, plantar warts, gout, ingrown toenails, and toenail fungus are all conditions that can be treated with ease. For example, ingrown toenails can be treated by soaking your feet in warm water mixed with Epsom salt for twenty minutes. Bunions can be fixed using toe spacers, but some may need surgical removal. Plantar warts can usually be treated by soaking the foot to soften the wart.

If not treated properly, plantar warts can exacerbate and become debilitating. If you would like medical assistance regarding plantar wart treatment, contact Dr. James Ricketti of New Jersey. Dr. Ricketti will provide quality care for your feet.  

About Plantar Warts

Plantar warts are the result of human papillomavirus (HPV) getting into the feet through tiny cuts or abrasions. Typically, plantar warts are contracted through walking barefoot on dirty surfaces since the virus thrives in warm and moist environments. They are mostly found on the heels or balls of the feet.

While plantar warts are generally harmless, those experiencing excessive pain, 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 by getting a biopsy.

Symptoms

  • Legions on the bottom of your feet, usually rough and grainy
  • Hard or thick callused spots
  • Wart seeds, which are small clotted blood vessels that look like little black spots
  • Pain, discomfort, or tenderness of your feet when walking or standing

Treatment

  • Freezing
  • Electric tool removal
  • Laser Treatment
  • Topical Creams (prescription only)
  • Over-the-counter medications

To help prevent developing plantar warts, avoid walking barefoot over abrasive surfaces that can cause cuts or wounds for HPV to get into. Avoiding direct contact with other warts, as well as not picking or rubbing existing warts, will help prevent the further spread of plantar warts. If you think you have developed plantar warts, it is best to speak with your podiatrist. He or she can diagnose the warts on your feet and recommend the appropriate treatment options.

If you have any questions, please feel free to contact one of our offices located Hamilton, NJ. We offer the newest diagnostic and treatment technologies for all your foot care needs.

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