I remember being told as a child that playing with toads will give you warts. That old wives tale would be hard-pressed to explain plantar warts, or the warts you get on the bottom of your foot, unless you’ve recently stepped on a toad. While these skin growths rarely pose any major health concerns, they can make walking unbearable. Those that have been present for a long time begin to feel like stones in your shoes, even when you’re not wearing shoes! So what exactly causes those painful growths? What is the best way to treat them and keep them from coming back?
The virus can survive in shoes and other surfaces for periods of time. Because of these ‘reservoirs’, it is important to avoid sharing socks or footwear with anyone. Sharing shoes with someone who has the warts themselves puts you at increased risk of catching it. Not to mention the bacteria, yeasts, and fungus that can cause athlete’s foot or discolor your nails.
There are many different options for treating plantar warts and Dr. Thomajan will discuss the best treatment option for you. Because some individuals are more sensitive to the virus and your body has little immunity, re-infection is common. The best way to avoid it from happening is prevention through proper foot care and footwear. Inspecting your feet and identifying warts early is a great way to make the treatments most effective and least painful!
Are You Looking for a Plantar Warts Specialist in Austin, TX?
If you are looking for plantar wart care, you should reach out to an experienced podiatrist. Austin Foot and Ankle Specialists can help. Our office provides a wide variety of advanced, effective treatment options for all kinds of painful conditions. Ready to schedule an appointment? Contact us online or call our Austin office at 512.328.8900.