Plantars Warts

There are several popular wart myths, some of which aren’t entirely accurate. As a result of these myths, many people do not actually know the real story behind these common viral growths. At Houston Foot Specialists, we offer expert plantar wart removal services, but having the right information and facts about these warts can reduce your risk of having a wart grow on the bottom of your foot in the first place!

Plantar Wart Causes and Symptoms

The best starting point for plantar wart causes is to say that it is not true at all that warts are contracted by touching a toad, frog, or any amphibian. This myth was likely started on account of the physical similarity between the warts that grow on humans and the bumps found on various toads. Instead, the actual cause of warts is a virus known as the human papillomavirus (HPV). HPV is rather common and tends to thrive in damp, warm environments. Places such as locker rooms, showering areas, and indoor pool decks tend to be common homes for this offensive virus.

Even though the virus resides in those places, you still need a cut, scrape, or weak spot or break in your skin on the bottom of a foot for the virus to enter your body and cause a wart to grow. Furthermore, HPV is a common virus, but it has more than 100 different strands, with only a few of them causing warts. Interestingly, a virus strand that causes a plantar wart for one person might not do the same for next person (even if both of them are related). The virus is somewhat transferable by direct contact from one person to another, but this doesn’t happen too often.

The most obvious symptom of the viral growths is the unsightly wart itself. The specific appearance of a wart will vary based on its type—and there are many different kinds of warts—but plantar warts, specifically, are rough, fleshy growths found on the bottom of feet. Now, if you look at a wart closely, you will see black spots in many cases. These are often thought to be wart “seeds,” but this is another incorrect myth, since warts do not actually have seeds. Instead of seeds, what you see are the ends of tiny, clotted blood vessels.

In a general sense, warts are rather harmless. When one develops on the underside of a foot, though, symptoms can include tenderness, discomfort, and even pain while walking or standing for extended periods of time. If a wart on your foot changes appearance or color, be sure to contact Houston Foot Specialists so we can examine it in our office and determine what is happening and what needs to be done about it.

Wart Treatment Options

Another popular misconception about warts is that they do not go away unless treated. In reality, warts will generally disappear on their own in time. Additionally, they are not causing any real harm while they are around. With that being said, the fact they are not causing “real harm” does not take into consideration any discomfort or pain you experience while walking or standing. Also, they can often disappear on their own, but it might take up to a couple of years for this to happen. As such, you will likely be interested in learning about treatment options for warts.

Wart removal kits can be purchased over-the-counter at grocery stores and pharmacies, but these products typically contain salicylic acid (which can damage the healthy skin around a wart). Additionally, there is debate within the community of medical professionals over how effective these products really are for addressing the problem. Plantar warts, in particular, are often found under the surface of the skin, which further reduces the likelihood of a kit being able to help the situation.

Here at Houston Foot Specialists, we provide professional wart removal services to help whenever you, or any of your family members, have one grow on a foot. We might prescribe medication, perform surgery, or use cryotherapy methods to effectively remove the wart.

It is true that warts are typically harmless and will go away in time, but they are unsightly, can be a source of embarrassment, cause discomfort, and even contribute to the virus spreading within your family. Don’t wait for a plantar wart to go away on its own! Instead, come see us here at Houston Foot Specialists and let us take care of it for you. Contact our Houston, TX podiatrist office by calling (713) 467-8886 or request an appointment online today.