Warts on the foot
A wart is a growth in the skin caused by a viral infection. Warts tend to be hard and flat with elevated, rough surfaces with well-defined boundaries. Some have one or more black pinpoints. They are frequently called plantar warts because they appear on the plantar surface, or sole of the foot. Children, especially teenagers, tend to be more susceptible to warts than adults.
It is possible that a variety of other more serious lesions, including carcinomas and melanomas (cancers), can be mistakenly identified as warts. Because of those identification problems, it is wise to consult a chiropodist about any suspicious growth or eruption on the skin of the feet.
If warts are left untreated, they can grow and spread into clusters of several warts.
Causes of warts
A virus causes warts, which typically invade the skin through small cuts and abrasions.
What can you do to avoid getting warts?
Avoid walking barefoot
Change shoes daily
Keep feet clean and dry
Avoid home treatments
How can our chiropodist help with warts?
Perform a physical examination and evaluation
Initiate treatment, including possible surgical removal
Our foot clinic also has invested in laser, the latest weapon in the treatment of plantar warts
If you or a loved one requires honest, competent advice or foot care, please contact Dr. Hardy, owner of Academy Foot and Orthotic Clinics at 416-465-8737.