Planters Warts

Planters warts are small growths that develop on the bottom of the foot after an infection from HPV, the human papillomavirus. This virus can easily penetrate inside the body through cuts, breaks or wounds on your feet. You will immediately know when you start developing them since they are usually very visible and create a lot of discomfort when walking. In most of the cases, they do not represent a serious health concern but because of the place where they grow, it is always better to remove them before they create further complications. 

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Symptoms and transmission of plantar warts

Planters warts are small, hard growths which develop on the ball or the heel of the foot. The most common symptoms are the thickening of the skin and a painful sensation in the point where the warts are growing. When they are fully formed you will notice a tiny growth on your skin with small black dots in it. These black dots are clotted blood vessels and a clear characteristic of warts. Another characteristic is the virus that causes their formation: the HPV. This virus is transmitted from person to person through direct or indirect contact. Contrary to other types of warts, such as genital warts, planters warts are commonly transmitted through indirect contact.

The most common way to get infected is to walk barefoot in public places like locker rooms, showers or swimming pools and in the case of children, playgrounds also. This is why I suggest you always wear flip-flops when you walk in public places and to make sure your children always wear shoes when they are playing outside especially in public areas. Every person reacts differently to an infection from HPV. It is possible, for example, that some are never going to show any symptoms while others will develop warts immediately or in a short period of time after the infection.

How to cure planters warts

Plantar warts can in some rare cases go away without any treatments. Generally, since they are painful and can create problem when walking they are removed. The treatments you can choose to remove planter warts are laser surgery, cryotherapy, surgical removal or over-the-counter medication. The surgical procedures are used in the worst cases when there is no other possibility and for the case of laser removal and cryotherapy, they are very costly since to remove completely the warts you will need more than one session. However, even if they are expensive, they can leave you at the end of the treatment with scars.

Topical medication are an alternative to surgical procedures and they are used to peel the layers of the skin until the warts is removed. As you can imagine this treatment can take a very long time to show results. What you may not know is that these type of medication most of the time do not work since the warts will be too hard to be peeled off. In addition to all of this you should know that even if you successfully find a way to remove your warts, they can always come back until you don’t find a way to eradicare also the HPV from your body.

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Foot Warts

foot wartsFoot warts are one of the most common and widespread type of warts. You can easily notice them on your feet for their particular characteristics. The most common is the thickening and hardening of the skin and the color which usually is yellow or brown. Often, where plantar warts (the scientific name of foot warts) manifest the skin is higher than normal. They can cause quite a lot of pain, especially if they grow on the sole of the foot. This is because the weight of the body will constantly exercise pressure on them. The feeling you will have when plantar warts develop is like having a little stone inside the shoe. Also, since this type of warts causes a lot of discomfort very often it is going to be difficult to have a good posture and in time you can experience also back and neck pain.

Another characteristic of foot warts is the root, which is visible as a small black dot at the center of the wart. They are not to difficult to notice, since their roots are usually quite big. Warts can manifest everywhere on the foot, but the most common and painful are the ones that grow on the sole of the foot. This is because during the day the area is constantly stimulated and has to bear a lot of pressure. Other types that cause also a lot of pain are the so called periungual and subungual warts which grow respectively around and underneath toenails. The biggest problem with these two types is that they will make very uncomfortable wearing shoes.

What causes warts on foot?

Behind the manifestation of foot warts and all types of warts, there is the human papillomavirus. This DNA virus causes the growth of warts on your skin and getting infected is unfortunately very easy. The virus is transmitted from person to person by direct or indirect contact. A small scratch or a small wound on the sole of the foot is enough to allow the virus to enter inside your body. After that, it is not going to take too long before you will notice one or more warts growing on your feet. Something you should know is that the Human Papillomavirus can not be eradicated just removing the warts. You are going to need a specific treatment to eliminate it from your body.

Where can you get foot warts?

The easiest way to get foot warts is to walk barefoot. The most common places where you can be infected are showers, gyms, swimming pools or simply the floor of your house. Because of this, I highly recommend always use flip-flops in gyms and swimming pools showers and to use slippers when you are at home.

When we take in consideration warts on children, we must be extremely careful because children can be infected very easily doing sports or playing outside. This is because the skin of a child is very delicate and vulnerable. So be aware that your kids are always wearing shoes when they play in public places or going outside.

Treatments for foot warts:

The most common treatments used to remove plantar warts are cryotherapy, laser therapy and surgical removal procedures. Cryotherapy is the use of liquid nitrogen to freeze warts to allow their removal. Laser therapy uses an intensive beam of light to burn directly all the infected warts cells. Surgical removal procedures, used when possible, remove with an incision the infected tissues without the need of any particular device.

The treatment I have described above are used very often in the treatment of warts but unfortunately they have a lot of downsides and they will not be a permanent solution to your problem. First, surgical procedures are very expensive, painful and have a long healing period. Also, they can leave scars or wounds that are going to make very difficult walking. It is going to take several weeks before the skin is healed completely. But the worst downside is that after all the pain and the money invested they are not going to eliminate the Human Papillomavirus from your body and this is going to allow warts to grow again in the future.

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