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Warts On Your Feet? What You Should Know

If you are getting warts on your feet, they can eventually become painful depending on where they are located on your feet. They may be on the bottom of your feet or in between your toes. If you have warts on your feet, it's time to see a podiatrist. Read on for information about these warts and what you can do about them.

What Causes These Warts?

Warts on the feet are usually plantar warts, and they are usually caused by a virus that attaches itself to your feet. These warts may be anywhere on the bottom of your feet, even in between your toes, and they can appear one at a time or in a cluster. The virus can get into the system if you have an open sore on your feet, even if it's a minor cut or scratch. The virus gets into the body and then shows up as warts.

Who Can Get These Warts?

Anyone can get plantar warts, but they usually show up in those with a weak immune system, younger children, teenagers, or anyone that goes barefoot in public places such as the locker room at the gym, public shower houses, pools, or even the beach.

How Can You Treat These Warts At Home?

You should visit your podiatrist about the warts on your feet, especially if they are bothersome to you. Some warts may go away on their own, but others may be a little more rooted in your foot. You can try using plantar wart pads, which are medicated pads that can help pull the wart up and out of the foot. Over-the-counter wart removal medication can also be used, which helps to dry up the root and kills it off. Using an emery board to slough off the wart can also help to remove the wart. These warts can be contagious, so be sure to wash your hands and cover your feet (don't go barefoot).

If you have plantar warts, make an appointment with your podiatrist to have your warts diagnosed and treated. Use the information above to help you better understand why you may have these warts and what you may be able to do about them in order to treat and heal your feet. Your warts may be a little more stubborn, or they may reappear often — your podiatrist can help you with this and give you the proper treatment to get rid of them.

To learn more, contact a podiatrist.