Did you know that there are more than 100 different strains of the human papillomavirus (HPV)? Many of these strains cause warts. These rough, fleshy growths can appear at any time and they’re also highly contagious. Hubert Lee, DPM, at CarePlus Foot and Ankle Specialists in Bellevue, Washington, offers treatments to safely and effectively remove warts, preventing the problem from spreading. To make your appointment, call the office or click the online booking tool today.
Warts are small, flesh-colored growths that usually appear on the weight-bearing areas of your feet. Warts develop from a strain of the human papillomavirus (HPV) that enters your body through tiny cracks or cuts in the surface of your skin.
Warts aren’t always big enough to cause pain or other problems, and they sometimes go away without treatment. However, if you have warts that negatively impact your mobility or your ability to participate in physical activities, make an appointment with Dr. Lee at CarePlus Foot and Ankle Specialists.
If you have warts, you’ll likely know it. The most common symptom of a wart is a noticeable bump or flesh-colored growth that’s hard and similar to a callus. Other telltale signs of warts include:
If you injure your foot and cut or irritate a wart, it might also bleed or change color.
Warts affect people of all ages and genders, but there are certain factors that may increase your risk, including:
You’re also more likely to develop warts if you regularly walk around barefoot in public facilities such as swimming pools, saunas, or locker rooms.
Unfortunately, there’s no way to prevent warts entirely. However, there are steps you can take to significantly lower your risk, including avoiding direct contact with your warts and keeping your feet clean and dry. If at all possible, you should also avoid picking or scratching at your warts.
Treatment for warts depends on their severity and symptoms. Most of the time, plantar warts go away without treatment. However, if your warts are painful or start spreading, Dr. Lee might recommend using an over-the-counter wart medication. If this doesn’t provide adequate relief, you might benefit from cryotherapy or treatment with prescription salicylic acid. For persistent warts that continue growing back, Dr. Lee might recommend laser treatment or minor surgery.
To learn more about safe, effective treatment for plantar warts, make an appointment at CarePlus Foot and Ankle Specialists today. Call the office or click the online booking tool to begin.