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What Causes Warts?
Got foot warts? Nearly everyone will have a wart at some point in their lives. Warts are typically small, hard skin growths caused by an infection with humanpallilloma virus. Foot warts are treatable. Foot warts are among the most common dermatologic conditions podiatrists treat. Read on to learn about the causes of warts.
An HPV Infection
Common warts are caused by by an HPV infection. Over 100 types of HPV exist. Certain types of HPV infection cause cervical cancer. Some types of HPV infection cause foot warts, while others cause warts that appear on the face, neck, or hands. Of the 100 types of HPV, about 60 cause common warts on areas such as the hands or feet.
Wart viruses are contagious. You can get foot warts from skin-to-skin contact with people who have warts. However, not all HPV strains are highly contagious. You can get the wart virus by touching an object that another person's wart touched, such as clothing, towels, shoes, or exercise equipment.
Breaks in Your Skin
HPV infects the top layer of skin and usually enters the body in an area of damaged or cut skin. Cuts from shaving can provide an avenue for infection. Getting a scrape can also bring on common warts. Foot warts are very common in swimmers whose feet are scratched by rough pool surfaces.
A Weak Immune System
In most cases, your immune system defeats an HPV infection before it creates a wart. Someone with a weakened immune system is more vulnerable and therefore more likely to develop warts. Immune systems can be weakened by HIV or by immunosuppressant drugs used after organ transplants.
If you want to get rid of foot warts, see your podiatrist as soon as possible. Many types of effective wart treatments are available. They include salicylic acid, cantharidin, cryotherapy, laser treatment, and surgery. Your podiatrist can help you get rid of foot warts once and for all!
Warts might sound like a minor problem, but the bumpy growths can cause considerable pain when they form on the bottom of your feet. Our Boca Raton, FL, podiatrist, Dr. Mark Block, shares some information on warts and discusses treatment options.
What are warts?
Warts develop as a result of exposure to a strain of the human papillomavirus (HPV). The HPV virus is spread by shaking hands with someone who has warts or touching or walking on a contaminated surface. Once the virus enters your body, skin cells in the outer layers of your skin quickly multiply and form a wart.
Warts can occur anywhere on your body but frequently form on the hands and feet. Warts that grow on the soles of your feet are called plantar warts. Unlike round warts that develop on other parts of your body, plantar warts flatten as a result of your body weight. Every time you walk or stand, the warts press against nerves in your feet, causing pain. Plantar warts may also cause you to limp or change your gait, which can affect your posture and the natural alignment of your body.
How are plantar warts treated?
Wart removal products available in Boca Raton stores usually aren't strong enough to penetrate all of the layers of your wart. Luckily, your foot doctor offers several treatments that can get rid of plantar warts, including:
- Electrodesiccation and Curettage: This treatment involves scraping the wart off your skin, then killing any lingering cells with an electric needle.
- Laser Treatment: Laser treatment, the newest wart treatment option, destroys the wart without harming the surrounding skin.
Would you like to get rid of your wart? Call our Boca Raton, FL, podiatrist, Dr. Block, at (561) 368-3232 to schedule an appointment.