What Causes Plantar Warts?
Warts are caused by various strains of the human papillomavirus, or HPV. The virus can enter your system through microscopic cuts or weak points in the top layers of your skin, and if your immune system can’t fight it off, a wart may develop. Children, older adults, and those with weakened immune systems are especially susceptible.
The virus tends to congregate in humid environments, such as pool decks, locker rooms, and inside sweaty pairs of shoes. Avoid walking barefoot in public, sharing unwashed towels or linens, or wearing damp shoes and socks.
Do I Need to Remove My Plantar Warts?
First things first. If your warts aren’t bothering you, doing nothing is an option. Most go away on their own in time, although it could take a couple of years.
However, this is usually not recommended for a couple of reasons. Warts can be contagious and spread to other parts of your body, or in rare cases, to others. And the more warts you have, the more difficult it may be to remove all of them.
Beyond that, wart removal treatment is usually fairly simple and successful. So in order to avoid possible complications or just to improve the appearance of your feet quickly, most people prefer to have their warts removed.
How Are Warts Treated?
The best way to get rid of your plantar warts is to visit a podiatrist like Dr. Tenenboym. Home remedies and non-prescription wart kits are usually ineffective and may sometimes cause collateral damage to your skin. We can help you remove your warts safely and effectively.
Treatment options include peeling medication, freezing medicine, or in severe cases surgical excision. Each treatment option has its pros and cons. In general, the less invasive the treatment option, the more appointments might be required to fully eradicate the wart.