Do you have a wart on your foot that just won't go away? Our Ventura and Oxnard, CA, foot doctor, Dr. Steven Vines, discusses these annoying growths and shares treatment options.
Why do I have a wart?
Warts are rough, bumpy growths that appear on your skin if you've been exposed to the human papilloma virus (HPV). The virus finds its way into your skin through small breaks caused by minor scratches, cuts or even dry skin.
You may have developed a wart because you accidentally touched a friend's wart, stepped on a surface that contained the virus, or shared socks, shoes or towels with an infected person. Wearing shoes in areas where people tend to be barefoot, such as public pools and locker rooms, can help you avoid developing a wart on your foot.
Will my warts get better on its own?
Most warts will go away without treatment after a year or two, but some are stubborn and linger much longer.
The growth on the bottom of my foot isn't bumpy. Could it really be a wart?
Although warts generally look bumpy, they'll probably appear round and flat when they're on your bottom of your foot. These warts, called plantar warts, can be very painful. Because they're located on your sole, you may feel pain every time you take a step or put pressure on your foot.
Not sure if you have a wart or callus? Try pressing on the growth. Warts hurt if you push on them, while calluses don't.
How can I get rid of my wart?
If you've tried over-the-counter wart preparations without success, you may be worried that your wart will be with you forever. When drugstore wart preparations aren't effective or walking is painful due to a plantar wart, it's a good idea to visit our Ventura and Oxnard office. We can recommend several effective wart removal treatments, including topical medications and ointments that gradually dissolve the wart or immunotherapy that targets the virus. Warts can also be eliminated by freezing them, removing them with electrodessication and curretage or destroying the growth with laser surgery.
Tired of living with your wart? Call our Ventura and Oxnard, CA, foot doctor, Dr. Vines, to schedule an appointment.