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By Philip S. Pinsker, DPM PC
June 22, 2017
Tags: warts   common wart   plantar wart   virus  

Usually when we hear someone say this, it’s a good-natured comment meaning that we accept someone as they are, including all their flaws. But when it comes to your feet, we at Philip S. Pinsker, DPM find that patients are not so accepting of warts and would rather be rid of them as quickly as possible. Unfortunately, warts are stubborn. They can take quite a while to completely remove and may come back. Below are some other facts about warts:

  • Warts are harmless (but not necessarily comfortable). They are sometimes mistaken for calluses because they appear as thick layers of dead skin. Warts do not have the risk of becoming cancerous but when they form on the soles of the feet or any place else on the foot that receives pressure when walking or standing they can be quite painful.
  • There are two types of warts that most frequently form on the feet. The first is a common wart which is generally raised and fleshy looking. The second type is the plantar wart, which is hard and flat and often has tiny pin pricks of black in the center.
  • Warts spread. Warts are caused by a virus and like all viruses, warts are contagious. They are spread by direct contact which means if you scratch a wart and then scratch another spot on your body without washing your hands, a new wart may form. If someone in your household has a wart on his or her foot it’s wise to avoid sharing towels, shoes and anything else that comes in contact with the wart. It’s also a good idea to keep your feet covered with shower shoes or flip flops when you are using a public pool, locker room or other communal area where people typically walk with bare feet.
  • Warts are treatable. Folk remedies and even over-the-counter products for treating warts are not usually very effective and often do more harm than good. If you suspect you have a wart, contact our Washington office. Our board certified podiatrist, Dr. Philip S. Pinsker, will evaluate your wart and choose the most effective treatment for eliminating it. Make an appointment today by calling: (724) 225-7410.

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