Sometimes mistaken for corns or calluses, warts are caused by a viral infection which invades the skin through tiny or unseen cuts and abrasions. Warts are usually harmless, but can often be painful. They can be very resistant to treatment and have a tendency to reoccur. It is important to contact a professional for treatment as over-the-counter foot wart treatments are usually ineffective and can destroy healthy tissue surrounding the wart.
North Texas Foot & Ankle, located near Coppell, has been providing quality foot and ankle care to patients of all ages for over 10 years. Our practice is expert in recommending the best wart treatment for each patient, ranging from prescription ointments or medications to, in the most severe cases, laser cautery.
Warts on the foot are typically raised and fleshy. They can appear anywhere on the foot and/or toes. Warts may spontaneously disappear after a short time, but will often recur in the same spot. Warts that remain untreated can grow to an inch or more in circumference and also spread into wart clusters. Children and teenagers tend to be more susceptible to warts than adults.
Plantar warts, also known as verrucas, appear on the soles of the feet and can be painful. Plantar warts differ from regular foot warts in that they tend to be hard and flat, with a rough surface and well-defined boundaries. Often gray or brown in color, plantar warts have a center that appears as one or more pinpoints of black. Plantar warts are often contracted by walking barefoot on dirty surfaces or littered ground. The virus that causes plantar warts thrives in warm, moist environments, and is commonly found in community pools and locker rooms.
Plantar warts can be spread by touching, scratching, or even by contact with skin shed from another wart. To learn more about plantar warts and how to prevent them from spreading, click here.
Self-treatment of warts is not advisable. Only experts are skilled at destroying abnormal skin cells (warts) without also destroying surrounding healthy tissue. Self-treatment with such medications especially should be avoided by people with diabetes and those with cardiovascular or circulatory disorders. Never use these medications in the presence of an active infection.
It is wise to consult a podiatrist when any suspicious growth or eruption is detected on the skin of the foot in order to ensure a correct diagnosis. It is possible for a variety of more serious lesions to appear on the foot, including malignant lesions such as carcinomas and melanomas. Although rare, these conditions can sometimes be misidentified as a wart.
For effective foot wart or plantar wart treatment in Coppell, contact our office at 214-574-9255 or request an appointment online.
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