Warts can be painful. Sometimes they are confused with calluses and corns. A wart is caused by a viral infection that enters a cut in the skin. Warts can recur in the same location over and over. If a wart is not treated properly, if can become a cluster of warts and be more difficult to get rid of. Warts are found in adults, teenagers, and children.
Plantar warts are found on the bottom of a foot. They are flat, hard, and are very painful. Plantar warts usually develop after walking barefoot on filthy ground. Keeping the plantar wart area dry will help speed the healing time. Constant contact with wet environments will only assist the infection in growing.
Like any other infectious lesion, plantar warts are spread by touching, scratching, or even by contact with skin shed from another wart. Avoid touching the wart or wart area as much as possible. Acid pads may also spread the wart. The wart may also bleed, another route for spreading. Plantar warts that develop on the weight-bearing areas of the foot (the ball or heel of the foot) can cause a sharp, burning pain. Pain occurs when weight is brought to bear directly on the wart, although pressure on the side of a wart can create equally intense pain.
Things to do to prevent the wart from spreading:
Keep the wart area clean and dry.
Only wear clean, dry socks.
Don’t touch the wart directly with your hands.
Don’t walk barefoot.
Warts are very difficult to get rid of. They tend to come back over and over. Trying to treat warts on your own can be frustrating. Non-prescription medications never seem to work and only prolong the infection. Call Houston Foot & Ankle to assist you with the proper treatment to get rid of your plantar wart quickly. We have 3 locations: Friendswood, Lake Jackson, and Missouri City.