Worry Warts?

By Foot and Ankle Center of Fort Lee, LLC
June 06, 2017
Category: Foot Care
Tags: corns   calluses   warts  

What is a wart?

They can be hard and flat, black or brown and mostly show up on the bottom of your feet. Although they are rather harmless they can be treated very easily in our office.

How will I know if it’s a wart?

The first sign is seeing an unexplained bump on the bottom of your foot or on a toe. They can be mistaken for corns or calluses because they tend to have layers of dead skin around the area that becomes irritated.  But a foot wart will reoccur in the same spot if not treated right away.

How did I get one?

Probably from a locker room or a public pool. The human papillomavirus (HPV) can find its way into your foot through a cut or bruise and lives in public showers, pools and then is happy to settle into your athletic shoes. It spreads quickly if you let it so it is best to get treatment right away.

How do I get rid of them?

  • Cover your cuts to keep any potential infections away from your feet.
  • If your feet are dry then the wart can’t survive, they love the moist environment so kill them with dryness.
  • Try not to share personal items like socks, shoes or towels with friends.
  • Avoid touching the wart too much as it can encourage the infection to spread and cause more warts.
  • Barefoot is fun but unfortunately it comes with some risks. Walking around in public places opens the door to the virus. Flip flops are always recommended in public areas and are the next best thing to naked feet.

Schedule an appointment with our team of professionals in any one of our five locations; for New Jersey residents, Fort Lee and Ringwood and our New York residents, Queens, Woodhaven, Brooklyn and Forest Hills. For more information call us at 201- 363-9844. Don’t be a worry wart and call us for a treatment today!

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