Plantar warts are hard, rough growths found on your foot. They usually have a black pinpoint in the middle. These small lesions can cause pain when walking or running. You can be infected with plantar warts at any time, so it is important to learn more about them. Here are answers to a few common questions about plantar warts.
Question #1: What Causes Plantar Warts?
Plantar warts are caused by the Human Papilloma Virus (HPV). This virus thrives in warm, wet places like a locker room or swimming pool. But it can be found on carpet or hard floors as well. Usually, your skin effectively shields the virus, but if there is a scratch or small break in the skin, the virus will enter your body and create plantar warts.
Question #2: Are Plantar Warts Contagious?
Plantar warts are contagious. Some people are more susceptible to the virus than others. Plantar warts can also spread to surrounding tissue in your own body once infected, so it is important to always wash your hands after touching your plantar wart.
Question #3: How Can I Reduce My Risk of Developing Plantar Warts?
Plantar warts are more common in children and young adults, but they can occur at any age. So, everyone needs to be careful, especially in warm, moist areas like swimming pools. Reduce your risk of infection by wearing shoes and keeping your feet clean and dry.
If you have plantar warts, we are here to help you. At Abbott Foot and Ankle Clinic, we have strong products that can effectively remove your warts. We also offer Swift microwave treatment for the most resistant warts. Give us a call today to learn more about the treatments we offer and to set up an appointment.