Warts can cause more than just cosmetic problems and risk your foot health. At Foot and Ankle Center of Fort Lee, LLC, the knowledgeable experts and orthopedic surgeons treat an array of foot and ankle conditions, including foot warts, at their convenient offices in Fort Lee, New Jersey, Forest Hills, New York, Gramercy, New York, New York, & East Williamsburg, Brooklyn, New York. To find treatment for warts, call one of the offices today or schedule an appointment online.
Warts are small growths that can appear anywhere on your body. Foot warts usually show up on the heels or the parts of your feet where you bear the most weight. Warts often grow inward underneath a thick layer of skin called a callus when there’s excessive pressure.
Some of the symptoms of foot warts include small clotted blood vessels and hard callused skin that can form around the area. You might also experience tenderness and pain when walking or putting pressure on the area.
Foot warts (plantar warts) are typically caused by human papillomavirus (HPV). HPV enters the body through tiny cuts in the skin on the bottom of your feet.
Of the more than 100 kinds of HPV, only a few cause warts on the feet. Everyone’s individual immune system reacts differently to HPV and some people might develop warts on their feet while others won’t.
The HPV strains that lead to these foot warts thrive in warm, damp environments like locker rooms and swimming pools.
Foot warts are more common in children and teenagers and those with suppressed immune systems. If you’ve previously had warts, your chance of developing new warts is higher.
When your foot warts are painful, you might change your normal gait or posture, without even noticing it. Over time, this can change how you stand, walk, and/or run. It can also lead to muscle and joint discomfort and pain that radiates to nearby areas of your body.
Most foot warts aren’t a cause for concern and go away without medical intervention. Others might require treatment.
Foot and Ankle Center of Fort Lee, LLC provides several treatments of foot warts like:
A number of ways you can reduce your risk of developing foot warts include avoiding walking barefoot around swimming pools and locker rooms, changing your socks daily, and keeping your feet clean and dry.
Whether it’s an aesthetic or a functional problem, you can banish your foot warts with the right medical care. Call Foot and Ankle Center of Fort Lee, LLC or schedule online today.