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Plantar warts are contagious viral infections caused by the human papilloma virus (HPV). The virus infects skin cells and sits outside the body, which makes it hard for your immune system to properly fight the infection, says Pete Smith, DPM, vice president of the Pennsylvania Podiatric Medical Association. They usually last a very long time, several months to a couple of years, and if left untreated, can spread. Due to pressure on the foot, they can also be painful while walking, standing, or exercising.
 
Dr. Pete Smith
 
 
Medicinal lotions are the most common first-attempt strategies. Most of these are salicylic acid-based products. Look for products with the highest percentage, which will be the most effective, Smith says. An important part of topical treatments is to remove some of the excess, overlying skin on the wart, so that when you apply the medication it can penetrate down to the virus faster. Finally, sanitize your shoes with bleach or a strong vinegar solution if your bare feet have come in contact with them. Throw your running shoes in the washer, or take out the insoles and let them completely dry out, Smith advises.
 
Courtesy of Barry Block, editor of PM News.
 
Brought to you by Doctor John A. Hardy, owner of Toronto's foot clinic, Academy Foot and Orthotic Clinics.

 

Home remedies, no matter who swears they work, are more often bunk than bona fide fixes. But some actually do have science on their side and, in fact, perform even better than their traditional medical counterparts. MSN dug into the research, talked with the experts, and found 18 treatments that passed muster. Prepare to look at duct tape in a whole new way.
 
Dr. Patrick DeHeer
 
 
Docs theorize that the combination of the airtight environment and something in the adhesive is toxic to warts (but harmless to you), says Patrick DeHeer, DPM, a podiatrist and board-certified foot surgeon based in Indianapolis. In fact, 85% of warts were eliminated with the tape, compared to just 60% who had them frozen off, according to research published in the Archives of Pediatrics & Adolescent Medicine. Replace the tape every 6 days for 2 months, or until the wart disappears.
 
Courtesy of Barry Block, editor of PM News.
 
Brought to you by Doctor John A. Hardy, owner of Toronto's foot clinic, Academy Foot and Orthotic Clinics.

 

"A wart is a benign lesion caused by a virus infection that can occur anywhere on the body. They usually look like a tiny cauliflower projecting from the skin, except when they occur on the bottom of the foot. Warts on the bottom of the foot, or plantar warts, grow "into" the foot instead of "out" of the foot due to the constant 'weight of the body. A summer wart picked up by walking barefoot can lay dormant for months and be noticed in the winter," says Robert Weiss, DPM.
 
Dr. Robert Weiss
 
 
"There are many different ways to treat warts and they can re-occur with any type of treatment, frustrating both patient and doctor. There is no fast or best way to treat warts. A wart may seem to be a small problem but it is often quite painful on weight-bearing areas which can lead to inconvenience and a halt to physical activities. One should learn to recognize the symptoms and seek treatment," says Dr. Weiss.   
 
Source: Westport News [7/28/17]
 
Courtesy of Barry Block, editor of PM News.
 
Brought to you by Doctor John A. Hardy, owner of Toronto's Foot Clinic, Academy Foot and Orthotics Clinic.

 

 

 

PODIATRIST, DR. JANE ANDERSON STATES, AFTER ONE TOO MANY CLASSES THAT STARTED WITH A MAT STILL DRIPPING WITH SWEAT FROM WHOMEVER USED IT LAST, WE COULDN'T HELP BUT WONDER WHAT MIGHT BE LIVING ON IT.  FUNGUS IS THE NUMBER ONE ISSUE WHEN IT COMES TO WHAT YOU MAY CATCH FROM A YOGA MAT.  THE VIRUS THAT LEADS TO WARTS ALSO THRIVES IN MOIST, SWEATY PLACES.  EVEN IF YOU'RE DOING FLOOR WORK DURING CLASS AND YOUR TORSO OR THIGH COMES IN CONTACT WITH A VIRUS ON YOUR MAT, YOU'RE UNLIKELY TO START SPROUTING WARTS THERE.  WARTS ARE USUALLY SPECIFIC TO THE BOTTOM OF THE FOOT.  THE SAME GOES FOR FUNGUS -- PRECISELY BECAUSE THOSE AREAS PROVIDE AN ENVIRONMENT WHERE BACTERIA CAN THRIVE".

THE BOTTOM LINE IS THAT YOU SHOULD ONLY HAVE A MAT THAT IS YOURS AND YOURS ALONE.  ALSO WIPING IT DOWN WITH A DISINFECTANT AFTER USE AND LETTING IT THOROUGHLY DRY BEFORE ROLLING IT UP WILL HELP.

IN MY TORONTO FOOT CLINIC WE TREAT MANY CASES OF WARTS, ATHLETE'S FOOT, FUNGAL NAILS WITH GREAT SUCCESS.  IF YOU OR A LOVED ONE WOULD LIKE TO BE TREATED WITH UNCOMPROMISING DEDICATION FROM DEDICATED CHIROPODISTS WHO LOVE THEIR PROFESSION, PLEASE CONTACT US AT 416-465-8737.

BROUGHT TO YOU BY DR. JOHN A. HARDY, OWNER OF ACADEMY FOOT AND ORTHOTIC CLINICS.

 


Warts are one of several soft tissue conditions of the foot that can be quite painful. They are caused by a virus, which generally invades the skin through small or invisible cuts and abrasions. They can appear anywhere on the skin, but technically only those on the sole are properly called plantar warts. Children, especially teenagers, tend to be more susceptible to warts than adults; some people seem to be immune.

 

 

warts Identification Problems
  • Most warts are harmless, even though they may be painful. They are often mistaken for corns or calluses-which are layers of dead skin that build up to protect an area which is being continuously irritated. The wart, however, is a viral infection.
  • It is also possible for a variety of more serious lesions to appear on the foot, including malignant lesions such as carcinomas and melanomas. Although rare, these conditions can sometimes be misidentified as a wart.
  • It is wise to consult a Chiropodist when any suspicious growth or eruption is detected on the skin of the foot in order to ensure a correct diagnosis.

 

Treatment
Self treatment is generally not advisable. Over-the-counter preparations contain acids or chemicals that destroy skin cells, and it takes an expert to destroy abnormal skin cells (warts) without also destroying surrounding healthy tissue. Self treatment with such medications especially should be avoided by people with diabetes and those with cardiovascular or circulatory disorders. Never use them in the presence of an active infection. 

It is possible that your Chiropodist will prescribe and supervise your use of a wart-removal preparation. More likely, however, removal of warts by a simple surgical procedure, performed under local anesthetic, may be indicated. Lasers have become a common and effective treatment. A procedure known as CO2 laser cautery is performed under local anesthesia either in your podiatrist's office surgical setting or an outpatient surgery facility. The laser reduces post-treatment scarring and is a safe form for eliminating wart lesions.



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