Warts? Why Me?
We're all familiar with the human papilloma virus, or HPV, but did you know that this virus is also responsible for the presence of warts? If you've noticed small, rough bumps protruding from the skin of your toes and feet, you may have contracted plantar warts. Visit The Plateau Foot & Ankle Clinic today, and we'll help put an end to this skin condition.
What are Plantar Warts?
Warts come in all shapes, sizes, and locations. Some lay level with the skin’s surface, while others are raised. Generally, these lesions are named for where they are found on the body. Those that are located on the feet are called Plantar Warts.
These noncancerous skin growths are very common, especially among young children and adolescents. They are due to the viral infection, HPV, which can concentrate on the surface of the skin. Typically no larger than the size of a pencil eraser, they may appear in large clusters or pairs and the core often appears to contain dark spots. These specks found within the wart are actually small blood vessels called capillaries. Capillaries condense and grow into the center of the lesion to supply it with blood.
Due to their location, a vast amount of pressure is applied to a wart every day. From standing to walking and running, they are pressed underneath the skin's surface. This force and weight leads to the formation of calluses. These layers of tough skin cover the surface of the wart and are often mistaken for the grow itself. In order to be properly diagnosed, visit Dr. Howard Schaengold.
How Did I Get Them?
Plantar warts can be spread from one person to another, through both direct and indirect contact. These growths develop in areas of the skin that are subject to constant rubbing, friction, or irritation--such as the bottom of the feet. If your limbs come into contact with a surface that has been exposed to the human papilloma virus, you may develop this condition. Individuals who are most susceptible are those with weakened immune systems.
How Are They Treated?
Warts can disappear on their own, without treatment, though this may take years. If you choose to take action, there are several treatment options available.
You may wish to purchase over-the-counter medications to remove the wart on your own. Keep in mind, that these medications have only been proven successful 50% of the time. Instead, find the relief you are looking for by contacting our office. Dr. Schaengold has years of experience treating plantar warts. Professional treatment options include freezing the wart, removing it through laser treatment, surgery, or injections.
When it comes to the health of your feet, put your trust in the The Plateau Foot & Ankle Clinic. You can make an appointment with our office by calling (425) 868-3338 or by booking online. Don't wait, contact us today!