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Foot Warts

Overview

Foot warts (medically known as verruca pedis) are small, rough growths on the foot that can be painful on pressure. They can develop a cauliflower-like appearance and texture especially when it gets bigger.

Foot warts are caused by HPV. This virus enters through tiny cuts or breaks the skin. Treatment involves weakening the virus and destroying the cells through the safe applications of acid.

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About Foot Warts

Signs and symptoms of foot warts include:

  • A small, rough growth on the bottom of your foot that is at times brown or black
  • Hard, thickened skin (calluses) over the spot on the skin
  • A cluster of growths on the bottom of your foot
  • Pain or tenderness when walking or standing

Causes

Foot warts are caused by an infection of a virus, Human Papillomavirus (HPV), that enters the skin by small cuts or breaks. This causes the wart growth on the skin. It is often picked up in common areas such as the gyms, showerooms, and hotel rooms.

While not everyone who comes in contact with the HPV strains will develop a wart, it is possible to spread it from person to another. The HPV strain may also spread from the first site of infection on you to other sites on your body.

Risk factors

While anyone can develop foot warts, it is more likely to affect:

  • People who walk barefoot in areas where the HPV wart strain is common, such as swimming pools and locker rooms
  • People who have weaker immune system
  • Children and teenagers

How We Help

For someone with a healthy immune system, the wart will often go away on its own, although this can take a long time. In the meantime, the HPV strain that causes warts can spread to other parts of the body, leading to more warts.

To prevent warts, it is recommended that you:

  • Avoid direct contact with warts. Wear footwear when walking around common areas.
  • Cover your wart. This helps prevent the wart from spreading to other parts of the body, and to other people.
  • Wash your hands immediately after touching the wart. This also helps prevent the spreading of the wart.

Treatment can help a wart clear more quickly and also the associated pain. This involves:

  • Thoroughly trimming and shaving off the thickened calluses overlying and wart tissue.
  • Apply high concentration nitric acid that weakens the wart virus and destroys wart tissue. The surrounding healthy skin will be protected and undamaged.

Treatment is safe and largely pain-free. The wart area may feel sore for the first 1-2 days after treatment. You will still be able to walk and it will not affect your usual activities.

Foot warts can be stubborn to treat and have high recurrence rates. An average of 4-5 sessions of treatment is required for complete resolution.

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