Do you have something on your skin that you can’t quite identify? Did you think you stepped on something, only to realize that this thing you keep picking at isn’t going anywhere any time soon? If so, you may have a wart.
A wart is a virus of the skin. It’s caused by the human papilloma virus (HPV), which causes thickening of the skin in the affected area. Depending on the location of the wart, you may experience a significant amount of pain—especially if it’s on the bottom of the foot. These types of warts are known as plantar warts and are the type that we see most often.
How do you get plantar warts? They are spread by skin-to-skin contact and can also be spread through small cuts and scrapes from walking barefoot on a rough surface—especially a surface where someone else with plantar warts has walked.
The important thing to know about plantar warts is that they are contagious. Not only can you spread them to others, but they can also grow—and multiply—so leaving them untreated is definitely not your best option.
At Foot and Ankle Associates of North Texas, we will examine the area to determine that you really do have a plantar wart and develop a plan of action to treat it. So stop waiting around, letting your warts multiply! Schedule your initial evaluation today. Click here for more information.