Summer time is the season of sandals, but it’s also the season of plantar warts, and those two don’t mix well together. Plantar warts are found on the bottom of your foot, and are caused by the HPV virus; painful and unattractive, these warts can spread easily.
Plantar warts can affect people of all ages, but children between the age of 12 and 16 are most likely to get them. One of the risk factors for contracting these warts is the use of a public shower, something children in this age group are likely to do as they head off to sleep away camp for the summer.
It’s hard to determine who will get warts and who won’t—the same people could walk barefoot on the same pool deck, and only one become infected. What is clear is that once you’ve got plantar warts, you’ll want to get rid of them before they multiply, spread to your other foot or infect someone else.
Houston podiatrist Dr. Andrew Schneider suggests that all patients consult a doctor before trying any over-the-counter wart remedies, especially those who suffer from health conditions like diabetes that can leave feet vulnerable to injury. Many at-home remedies contain strong substances that should not be used without the advice and supervision of a physician.
Once your warts have been examined, we can determine the best way to get rid of them. We may decide that your wart can be removed with a drug store product, but we may also determine that the wart needs to be frozen off or burned with a laser. While slightly more uncomfortable, these techniques almost always work, even on the most stubborn of warts.
Your foot health is of utmost importance—painful, wart covered feet will keep you from enjoying the season’s favorite foot wear, and may prevent you from engaging in your favorite summer activities. Make an appointment to visit Tanglewood Foot Specialists today before your plantar warts negatively affect your quality of life.