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By Philip S. Pinsker, DPM PC
November 18, 2015
Tags: warts  

One of the most common reasons people come to Philip S. Pinsker is a wart on the foot. Warts are caused by a viral infection that enters the skin through tiny cuts and abrasions. Warts are unattractive and annoying, but rarely harmful. There are two main kinds of warts:

Foot Warts—Foot warts are usually raised and fleshy. They can appear anywhere on the foot or the toes. Left untreated, these warts can grow to an inch or more in circumference and can also spread into clusters of warts. Other characteristics of foot warts are:

  • They are often mistaken for calluses or corns
  • Once in a while, warts can just disappear on their own but they will just as often recur in the same spot
  • Teenagers are more prone to foot warts than adults

Plantar Warts—These warts are caused by the human papillomavirus and develop on the soles of the feet. Different from foot warts, Plantar Warts are usually hard and flat with centers that appear to have tiny points of black. Other facts about Plantar Warts:

  • Plantar warts can grow deep into the skin and be quite painful
  • These warts are most often gray or brown but colors may vary
  • The spread of these warts is by directly touching the wart or even the skin shed from a wart. Warts can bleed and the blood is another method of spreading the wart virus.

Treatment and Prevention

Our board certified podiatrist, Philip S. Pinsker, D.P.M. will examine your wart and be able to prescribe the best treatment for you. Warts can be notoriously difficult to get rid of. Medications, topical ointments, and laser cautery are among the treatment options available.

To help prevent getting a wart in the first place, avoid direct contact with them, don’t go barefoot in public places that are moist, such as public pools, gyms, etc., keep feet clean and dry, and do a visual check on your feet periodically.

If you have a wart, schedule a visit to our Washington, PA office for a complete evaluation and to receive a treatment plan. 

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