What to Do About Warts

If you do not know what to do about warts on the feet, don’t worry. There are prescription treatments for getting rid of foot warts, but it is important to see a podiatrist for the most effective treatment. In more serious cases when prescription medications or ointments are not an option, warts can be removed through laser cautery. At Premier Foot & Ankle Center, Dr. Jade Gittens is your Somerset, NJ, podiatrist and can recommend the best treatment method for you.

Causes of Foot Warts

Foot warts are caused by a virus. The virus usually enters the skin through tiny cuts or abrasions, then proceeds to produce an infection. Plantar warts are a specific type of wart that grows on the bottoms of the feet. Plantar warts tend to develop after walking around barefoot on an unclean surface, such as a locker room floor or the cement walk around a public pool. The warm, moist environment of a locker room or indoor pool is especially conducive to contracting plantar warts.

Treatments for Foot Warts

Foot warts have a tendency to be recurring, as well as resistant to various treatment methods. Patients with foot warts often first try treating warts with an over-the-counter product. However, these treatments are not usually effective and can also damage healthy tissue surrounding the area where the wart is located. To effectively treat foot warts, it is best to see your Somerset podiatrist. Possible treatments the podiatrist might recommend include:

Before you even begin treatment there are some things you can do to prevent warts from spreading to other areas of the feet or body. Avoid directly touching warts, as that can encourage them to spread. Also, avoid walking around barefoot, particularly on dirty or damp surfaces. Keep the feet clean and dry and be sure to wear fresh socks everyday. Try to wear a different pair of shoes daily, as well, or allow shoes to air out a bit in between wearings.

If you have foot warts and do not know what to do about them, it is best to see a podiatrist in Somerset, NJ. An expert podiatrist, such as Dr. Gittens, can evaluate your feet and determine which treatment method will work best for you. To schedule an appointment with Dr. Gittens, contact Premier Foot & Ankle Center at (732) 412-1282.

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