WHAT IS A PLANTAR WART?
A wart is a growth on the skin caused by some types of the Human Papillomavirus (HPV). The virus however, is not a threat to the person’s health. Warts generally appear as small growths or “bumps” under the foot or on the toes and may or may not present symptoms. Keep in mind that warts which remain untreated can grow and multiply, as they are contagious. In many cases, they are barely even noticed by their carriers. Still, they can become painful and resistant to treatment, so it’s always a good idea to have a wart looked at by a podiatrist.
WHAT CAN I
DO ABOUT IT?
The wart surface may be scraped away and the base treated with a topical or injected medication such as bleomycin. In the presence of refractory plantar warts, minor surgery may be the optimal solution. This type of treatment has a 90% success rate. There are many products to treat warts available at the pharmacy as well.
It’s always better to be foot safe than foot sorry! Contact the Bourque Podiatry Clinic now to have a licensed podiatrist examine your feet.