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The Link Between HPV and Plantar Warts

People develop plantar warts by coming in contact with human papillomavirus (HPV). The virus tends to enter the body through small cuts, wounds, or weak areas on the bottom of the feet. Once the virus comes in contact with the skin, a wart begins to form. To avoid developing one of these warts, wear shower shoes if you are going to take a shower in a public area. You should also be cautious about being barefoot around public pools. Furthermore, covering up your cuts and wounds will help prevent the virus from coming in contact with your feet. By covering your wounds with antiseptic and bandages, you will significantly decrease your chances of developing plantar warts.

Plantar warts can be very uncomfortable. If you need your feet checked, contact Dr. Edwin S. Hart from Pennsylvania. Our doctor will assist you with all of your foot and ankle needs.

About Plantar Warts

Plantar warts are the result of HPV, or human papillomavirus, getting into open wounds on the feet. They are mostly found on the heels or balls of the feet.

While plantar warts are generally harmless, those experiencing excessive pain or those 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, can help prevent the further spread of plantar warts. However, if you think you have developed plantar warts, speak to 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 our office located in Bethlehem, PA. We offer the newest diagnostic and treatment technologies for all your foot and ankle needs.

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