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Watch Out for Warts and Fungus When Testing Shoes at the Store

jo-farrell.jpgIt’s always best to wear socks when trying on shoes at stores, because even footwear that hasn’t been bought yet can potentially contain fungus, germs, and more. If many people have tried on a particular pair, then sweat can collect inside of them, which can then lead to the growth of the fungus that causes athlete’s foot.

Another condition that can be contracted from footwear at the store is plantar warts. These unpleasant growths are caused by the human papilloma virus, which can enter the body through cracks in the skin. Luckily these foot problems can be very easily avoided as long as you don’t forget to wear socks to the shoe store. They are more commonly caused by walking around barefoot in public places or failing to keep your shoes and socks clean.

Trying on new shoes is just one of the ways that the wart-causing human papilloma virus can spread. For help dealing with plantar warts, or to learn more about how you can avoid getting them, pay a visit to chiropodist Marz Hardy of Academy Foot and Orthotic Clinics. Marz Hardy will treat your unpleasant condition and have your feet looking healthy again in no time.

About Plantar Warts

Plantar warts are the result of HPV, or human papillomavirus getting into open wounds on the feet. They are mostly on the heels or balls of the feet. Some symptoms include:

-Some pain while standing
-Tenderness in the foot’s sole
-Cosmetic discomfort (embarrassment)

While plantar warts are generally harmless, those experiencing excessive pain or those suffering from diabetes or a compromised immune system require immediate medical care. Plantar warts are easily diagnosed, usually through scraping off a bit of rough skin or a biopsy.

Several methods for treating plantar warts exist. They include:

  • Freezing
  • Electric tool removal
  • Laser Treatment
  • Topical Creams (prescription only)
  • Over the counter medications
  • Apple Cider Vinegar Soak

To avoid plantar warts, refrain from walking barefoot in public areas and avoid direct contact with warts.

For more information about Plantar Warts, please follow the link below.

If you have any questions, please contact our office in Toronto, ON. We offer the newest diagnostic and treatment technologies for all your foot care needs.

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