Philadelphia Tri-state Area Podiatrists Answer Foot Health Questions
We believe that every question deserves a good answer. Healthmark Foot and Ankle provides you the best up-to date information for your concerns.
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Do I have a wart on my foot?
Maybe. A growth on the foot that might resemble a wart could be a clogged up sweat gland on the bottom of the foot. There are roughly 250, 000 sweat glands on the bottom of each foot. What might look like a wart could be a clogged up sweat gland, a callous, or a skin cyst. The Healthmark doctors know how to make a proper identification of what dermal formations are present on your feet.
Can I just cut or rip off my warts instead of seeing a doctor?
Absolutely not. Filing, ripping, picking, burning, or cutting a wart on your own will most often make the presence of warts even worse on the foot and potentially on other skin areas of the body. This can result in infection or further spreading of the warts. The wart will either get larger or more numerous. The doctors at Healthmark have the best procedural knowledge for treating and removing plantar warts of the foot.
Should I just go to a pharmacy and buy an over-the-counter plantar wart treatment, instead of seeing a foot doctor?
You can try it, but it is not advised by most physicians. The over-the-counter treatments can cause inflammation, infection, or make the warts spread even more. Misuse of certain over-the-counter plantar wart medicines can result in chemical skin burns. Your foot doctor at Healthmark Foot and Ankle will know the best and the most effective treatments for your particular plantar wart case.
What is a wart?
Warts, better known in Latin as verruca, are very common skin problems of the body and more specifically the foot. Twenty million cases of warts are treated by U.S. Physicians per year. They can appear anywhere on the body but technically only those on the bottom of the foot are called plantar warts. The wart may seem like a painful callus but nevertheless it is a wart caused by a virus. Warts may appear all over the foot as a single growth, in groups or may spread to other parts of the body such as the fingers. Warts can be very contagious if not treated quickly and regularly. There are several simple procedure for removing warts and preventing the spread of the virus throughout the body.