Warts are a virus (Human Papillomavirus, more commonly known as HPV) that gets into the skin through tiny cuts or abrasions that may not even be visible with the naked eye. Once the virus has entered the skin, it quickly grows and spreads. This stimulates a very rapid growth of cells on the skin surface. Warts are often seen on the ankles and feet today, and proper treatment requires the help of a Doctor of Podiatric Medicine. Warts known as common warts can occur nearly anywhere on the entire body, but the warts seen on the soles of the feet are called plantar warts.
Warts often start as small bumps on the soles of the feet. If the bumps change over time, for example growing larger, it may be a plantar wart. Warts can be nearly any color ranging from flesh toned to a pink color. Plantar warts are frequently a grayish or brownish color. Over time, warts may grow larger until they have a cauliflower type texture. Sometimes plantar warts develop black spots or lines, which indicates that tiny blood vessels are bleeding into the wart.
Sometimes warts are painless, but plantar warts on the feet do cause pain for many people. Since the feet have to bear the weight of the entire body, warts on the bottom of the feet can be a serious problem that requires immediate treatment.
Because warts are a virus, it is important that the virus is fully removed while not causing any damage to the healthy tissue around it. Cryotherapy is a treatment that freezes the wart off with liquid nitrogen. Chemical wart removal is another possibility. An injection like Bleomycin may be used to target the virus causing the wart in some cases. The podiatrist may recommend a surgical procedure that cuts the wart away with an electric needle, or a laser may be used to remove the wart.
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