Foot Wart In Asheville, NC
There are several types of warts that can affect your feet. Warts can be ugly and uncomfortable. Fortunately, your podiatrist offers several treatments to remove warts.
What Causes Warts?
Warts are caused by skin contact with the human papillomavirus or HPV and can be contagious.
Types of Warts and What They Look Like
Several types of warts appear on various parts of the body. Types of warts include:
Common warts, usually grow on the backs of fingers and toes, and on knees. They appear rough, thick, and rounded. They can grow from 1 millimeter to 1 centimeter in size and appear as a single wart or a group of warts.
Plantar warts are the most common type of wart affecting your feet. They grow on the soles of the feet and appear as a small hole on your foot surrounded by hardened skin. Plantar warts can make it painful to walk. There are two types of plantar warts:
- Myrmecial-type plantar warts are deep, painful warts growing inward from walking or standing. They appear yellowish and can have black dots.
- Mosaic-type plantar warts are smaller warts on the surface of your skin. They form a mosaic pattern of multiple warts in clusters.
Flat warts, typically grow in an area of a cut or break in the skin. They can be spread through direct contact and are most common in children. They have a flat top and can be flesh-colored, pink, brownish, or yellow. Flat warts can grow in large groups.
Periungual warts, grow under and around the toenails and fingernails. These type of warts begin small and grow larger and can have a cauliflower appearance. Periungual warts can cause problems with nail growth.
Prevention of Foot Warts
To help prevent foot warts, you need to avoid going barefoot in public areas like locker rooms, pools, and gym facilities. You should also:
- Wash and dry your feet daily
- Change your socks and shoes daily
- Avoid touching a wart because it can spread the virus
How Your Podiatrist Can Help With Foot Warts
Your podiatrist is an expert at wart removal and may recommend:
- Drying up the wart using a topical salicylic acid solution
- Freezing the wart using liquid nitrogen
- Pulsed dye laser wart removal treatment to kill the blood vessels supplying the wart