How Should I Treat My Child’s Plantar Warts?

Walking barefoot leaves kids vulnerable to plantar wartsAnyone can develop plantar warts (caused by the HPV virus, plantar warts are just warts that develop on the bottom of your feet) but children are more likely to get these annoying growths.

Why are kids more likely to get warts? Because warts are caused by a virus, they are contagious and you can ‘catch’ one by touching a surface that has been contaminated with HPV. Curious by nature, children touch more things and are also far more likely to walk barefoot, leaving them more susceptible to developing plantar warts than the rest of the population.

Unfortunately, plantar warts are the most painful wart you can have—some have likened the experience of having one to constantly walking on a small stone stuck in your shoe. Without treatment, warts can take as long as two years to go away, so, in my Houston podiatrist office, I prefer to intervene when kids develop them. Two years is a long time for growing feet to hurt!

While there are plenty of over-the-counter wart treatments available, many of them don’t completely destroy the virus, meaning your child could keep getting the same wart again and again. The home treatments can hurt, too, and who wants to struggle with their kids to apply an uncomfortable product that won’t even work?

At Tanglewood Foot Specialists, I offer a variety of effective wart treatments for your children; I can also manage their discomfort to make wart removal a stress free situation. If your child is dealing with the pain of plantar warts, schedule an appointment with Dr. Andrew Schneider so we can get rid of them as soon as possible. 

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Dr. Andrew Schneider is a podiatrist and foot surgeon at Tanglewood Foot Specialists in Houston, TX.