FAQ’s About Foot Warts

Foot warts are a common complaint with children and adults. It is estimated that approximately 7-10% of the population is infected. Infection typically comes from walking on moist surfaces such as showers or swimming pools. They are highly contagious because they can live for several months without a host. If you feel that you have foot warts but you are not sure, take a look at these answers to frequently asked questions about foot warts.

FAQ #1: What are foot warts?

Foot warts are skin growths caused by viruses that typically grow on the sole or toes of your feet. A plantar wart is the most common type of foot warts and is caused by the human papilomavirus. Foot warts are benign epithelial tumors. The virus attacks the skin through direct contact, entering through tiny cuts on your foot.

FAQ #2: What do foot warts look like?

Foot warts are usually about 1 cm in diameter. They resemble a cauliflower with a tiny black speck in the center. Foot warts can look similar to calluses or corns; however, upon closer inspection, they can be differentiated from other skin infections. Foot warts may not be visibly noticeable directly after contact. It may take several weeks or months before they appear.

FAQ#3: What are the symptoms of foot warts?

Patients typically report that a foot wart feels like there is a small stone is just under the skin. They experience pain when walking or standing or when applying pressure or squeezing.

FAQ #4: How can I prevent myself from getting foot warts?

Foot warts are spread by contact with moist walking surfaces so they can be prevented by not walking barefoot in public areas such as showers or locker rooms (wearing flip flops or sandals can help). People build immunity with age, so infection is less common among adults than children.

FAQ #5: What is the treatment for foot warts?

Foot warts can be treated with over the counter salicylic acid. For more serious infections, foot warts can be treated with cryosurgery, intralesional immunotherapy, or pulsed due laser therapy, and in the most extreme cases with Bleomycin or surgical excision.

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