Summertime is finally here! As the weather reaches a breezy 90 degrees, everyone is getting ready for summertime! Honestly, after this rough northeast winter we had, with freezing cold temperatures, snowfall and ice storms; we can’t wait to bring out the grill, throw on some sunblock and hit the pool!
However, summertime is also known to podiatrists as “wart season.” Along with the excitement of warm weather, shorts and swimsuits, comes the common urge to walk barefoot.... especially in at the pool deck. Or maybe at the concession stand at the boardwalk. Or maybe just this one time in the locker room. Unfortunately, just walking barefoot one time is enough to pick up plantar warts. Warts are viruses that are contagious and can be passed from person to person. Warts survive in warm, moist environments, which makes areas such as pool decks, locker rooms and the boardwalk common places to “pick up” a wart.
Plantar warts are small, grainy looking areas on the bottom of your feet. They often hurt when pressed or when walking. Sometimes, you can see a dark red or brown discoloration within the wart. Warts are caused by the human papillomavirus (HPV). Children, teenagers, people who are immunocompromised, and people who have had plantar warts previously are all at risk for plantar warts. However, healthy adults who walk barefoot in a contaminated area can also be affected by plantar warts.
There are many treatment options that your podiatrist can discuss with you to treat plantar warts. There are many over-the-counter products available, however, use with caution, as they often times can cause chemical burns if used improperly. Often though, this is not as effective unless it is treated concurrently with a podiatrist. A podiatrist can professionally shave down any dead skin or callus that may form around the wart. We also use topical acids that are stronger acting than the topical that you can purchase over the counter.
So throw on a swimsuit and grab your grill. But don’t forget the sunblock and especially don’t forget to put on a pair of shoes! If a wart does appear on your feet, don’t delay and call us at Podiatry Care Specialists at 877-905-5907 to schedule an appointment today!