Warts: They’re basically harmless, but they’re unattractive and can be painful or cause discomfort depending on where they are on your foot. Warts are caused by a virus that can enter the skin through the tiniest of cuts. There are two basic kinds of warts that appear on feet:
Foot Warts—These warts form a raised, fleshy bump on the skin. They can appear anywhere on the top or bottom of the foot or on the toes.
Plantar Warts—Forming on the sole of the foot or the heel, these warts are flatter and less fleshy than foot warts. They are most often gray or brown and will appear to have one or multiple black pinpoints in the center.
Viruses thrive in moist, warm environments. Wear flip flops or shower shoes in public places like community pools, showers, and gym locker rooms to help prevent the virus that causes warts from coming in contact with your skin. Other precautions you can take include: not sharing shoes or socks, keeping feet clean and dry, and changing socks every day. Also, because the virus that causes warts is spread by direct contact, if you have a wart someplace else on your body, avoid touching or scratching it and then touching your foot or any other part of your body.
One of the most common reasons that patients come to Edmond/Norman Foot & Ankle Clinic is to treat warts. Our board certified foot and ankle surgeon, Dr. A. Bil Buksh will be able to recommend the best treatment plan for you. Although some warts will go away on their own, others, without treatment, will grow larger (up to an inch or more in circumference) or spread into clusters of multiple warts. Warts can be very resistant to treatment and may recur even after they have been successfully removed.
Treatment options include prescription medications, cryotherapy, surgical removal, or laser cautery. Your podiatrist will know the right choice for you. If you have discovered a wart on your foot, make an appointment online or by phone to see Dr.A.Bil Buksh at either our Edmond (405) 643-4184) or Norman (405) 321-6984 office.