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You've had them before, and you'd like to be rid of them for good. What are they? The medical term is verrucas, but your Howell, NJ, podiatrist will call them plantar warts. All you know is that they hurt. At Family Foot Health Center in Howell, podiatrists Dr. Richard Lesser and Dr. William Hoffman diagnose and treat plantar warts, giving patients the clear skin they like and the pain free feet they deserve. Learn more here about these nuisance skin lesions.
The details on warts
Physicians at the Cleveland Clinic say that millions of people of all ages suffer from plantar warts. These rough, circular, raised bumps are totally benign, but because they start on the skin surface and grow inward, they become painful and particularly so when located on the soles of the feet. In addition, warts are usually dark in color, may be spotted, and grow into clusters when not treated. So warts are unsightly as well.
Verrucas are highly contagious, being caused by the Human Papillomavirus, the same microoganism linked to oral and cervical cancers and some STDs. Warts, however, are not cancerous but simply pop up on broken areas of the skin easily penetrated by germs.
The American Board of Podiatric Surgery says that cryosurgery (freezing) and cautery (burning) are typical treatment options for plantar warts. Alternatively, Dr. Lesser or Dr. Hoffman may prescribe topical creams or ointments (commonly containing salicylic acid) to lift warts off the skin surface. Avoid over the counter preparations.
The best way to treat plantar warts, however, is preventing them from forming in the first place. While basic foot care cannot guarantee you never will develop plantar warts, your Howell, NJ, podiatrists advise these steps toward clearer, healthier and more comfortable feet:
- Wash your feet daily with soap and water, and dry them completely, especially between the toes.
- Examine your feet for any changes in skin color, roughness, cracks, bumps or anything that seems different about your normal foot configuration.
- Apply moisturizer to the entire foot surface every day.
- Wear shoes when walking out doors.
- Wear flip flops in public showers and around any swimming pool, sauna or hot tub.
- Change to clean, moisture wicking socks daily, or whenever they get wet or sweaty.
Keep your feet that way. See your podiatrist in Howell, NJ, at least yearly, or if you are diabetic, as the doctor recommends. For an appointment at Family Foot Health Center, call (732) 370-1100.