Although some foot warts are painful, most are completely harmless and are often mistaken for corns or calluses. Unlike corns or calluses, though, a wart is a viral infection that invades the surface of the skin through a cut or abrasion. Children, especially young teens, are more susceptible to warts. Generally speaking, you may notice that a wart will disappear after a short time, but then recur in the same location. If a wart is left untreated, they can continue to grow in size and spread.
The most common variation of warts is the plantar wart or verruca wart. These warts appear on the ball or heel of your foot, surrounding soft tissue and can be quite painful. Unlike other variations of warts, plantar warts are flat, hard, and have a rough surface. Many times plantar warts are gray or brown with a pinpoint black center. Although it is not always the case, plantar warts are often contracted from walking around barefoot on dirty grounds in a warm, moist environment like a pool or locker room.
Like any other type of infectious lesion, plantar warts spread by touching, coming in contact with, or even scratching the surface of it. If your wart bleeds, this may also be another route for spreading.
To avoid the spread of warts, consider the following:
- Avoid direct contact with others and other parts of the body.
- Avoid walking barefoot.
- Check your feet and your children’s feet routinely.
- Change your socks and shoes often.
- Keep your feet dry and clean.
Not all warts react to treatment the same way and can reoccur. Over the counter treatments may not be effective and can destroy healthy tissue that surrounds your wart. For the most effective treatment options contact our podiatrist’s office today.