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Keeping Feet Healthy and Plantar Warts-Free: What Podiatry Can Do

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Have you noticed any unwanted skin growth somewhere on your feet that spread quickly? Most probably, you have plantar warts, which are caused by infection.

Fortunately, you can treat this condition with self-care methods or through healthcare services provided by a podiatrist. 

Podiatry is a medical field that specialises in diagnosing, treating, and preventing medical conditions of the feet, ankles, and lower legs, including skin disorders such as plantar warts. These warts are typically found on the bottom of the feet, either under the toes or heels.

How do Podiatrists handle foot warts removal?

About plantar warts

Plantar wart or verruca is a disease typically caused by the human papillomavirus (HPV); children are more likely to develop plantar warts. This virus may be transmitted either by direct contact or through cracks on the skin. It triggers the buildup of keratin on the skin, which results in warts. They often have a bumpy, hardened surface and typically show up in clusters of one to four warts, though there can be more. This condition sometimes causes discomfort and makes walking or running uncomfortable. The virus can sometimes enter a deeper layer of your skin, causing the wart to grow inward. 

Plantar warts are typically contagious. If not treated properly, the virus may spread and develop more warts. If you have this problem, see a Podiatrist to diagnose the condition and avail of specialised treatment to get rid of them.

In the case of discomfort, a Podiatrist may recommend certain footwear modifications to relieve pain and prevent a recurrence. 

Podiatry as a treatment option 

If you are struggling with plantar warts, a podiatry treatment can be life-changing. Podiatrists are trained to help patients reduce discomfort and improve overall foot health. Suitable treatment options a Podiatrist may recommend are chemical treatment or cryosurgery. 

Topical treatment

If you are dealing with a plantar wart, a topical treatment could relieve and aid in removing the wart. First, wash the affected area with warm soapy water and make sure it is completely dry. Then apply a thin layer of an over-the-counter ointment containing salicylic acid. Applying the ointment directly to the wart and not to the skin around it is important. If you don’t have an ointment with salicylic acid, you can use a cream containing similar ingredients. 

Leave the ointment or cream on the area overnight, and wear something that won’t irritate your skin while sleeping. After applying the ointment, wrap a piece of tape around the affected area. This will help keep the medication in contact with the wart and help loosen the dead skin cells that make up the wart.

You can use a cotton swab to gently rub off any dead skin from the wart. Try to do this daily for at least two weeks. If you don’t see any improvement in this duration, talk to your doctor about other treatment options. 

Cryosurgery

Cryosurgery is a reliable and effective way to treat plantar warts. This procedure involves using liquid nitrogen to freeze warts, either with a spray or cotton swab. After freezing, the tissue affected by warts begins to die, eliminating the problem over time. 

This therapy can often be done in a clinic and may require multiple sessions. You might need to revisit your Podiatrist for repeat treatments until the wart disappears. 

This treatment has been found to be very effective in treating plantar warts, leaving patients with clean and clear skin within weeks. 

Another way podiatrists can assist with plantar warts is by monitoring the healing process. Through frequent check-ups, they can assess the healing progress and make any adjustments to the treatment plan if necessary. 

So if you are dealing with plantar warts, it’s worth considering podiatry as a treatment option. A qualified professional will be able to identify the condition and help you manage it with the appropriate level of care. You may also benefit from their advice on keeping your feet healthy and wart-free. Don’t hesitate to contact a local Podiatrist and start your journey to recovery.

Considerations for podiatry treatment

Podiatry treatment requires special considerations when addressing the care of your feet. To ensure you receive proper care, here are a few things to remember when seeking podiatry treatment.

First, seek an experienced, board-certified Podiatrist for treatment and advice. Your Podiatrist should be well-trained and knowledgeable about modern developments and techniques in the field. 

Second, make sure to keep an open dialogue with your Podiatrist during the entire course of treatment. Let your Podiatrist know how the treatment is going and any issues and concerns you may have. Discussing your goals and expectations with your doctor is also important, as this can help shape your treatment plan. 

Finally, stay compliant with the treatment plan provided by your Podiatrist. Ask questions and understand any recommended steps you need to take for an ideal outcome. The more compliant you are, the higher your chances are of achieving ideal results.

Takeaway

When dealing with foot discomfort, seeking podiatry treatment can help you feel more comfortable. To ensure proper care, it’s important to communicate openly with your podiatrist and follow their advice. With the right considerations and treatment, you can take the necessary steps to achieve relief and improve your overall foot health.


Adam Mulligan, a psychology graduate from the University of Hertfordshire, has a keen interest in the fields of mental health, wellness, and lifestyle.

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