Who Is Most Likely to Get Plantar Warts?
Plantar warts are caused by a viral infection—a strain of the human papillomavirus (HPV), to be specific. Usually, the skin itself and our immune systems are enough to keep the virus from taking root. However, sometimes we just don’t have the needed elements to stop an infection.
Those with weaker or underdeveloped immune systems are more likely to contract plantar warts. This includes children, the elderly, and those who have immune deficiencies.
Another factor that increases the risk of plantar warts is exposure. Places where there are bare feet, moisture, and warmth are environments that allow plantar warts to more easily spread. These include locations such as gyms, public pools, locker rooms, and yoga or martial arts studios. Your shower at home can even be a spot of potential transmission if someone in your family has the infection.
There are multiple types of warts but they all have these things in common:
- They are all an HPV (Human papilloma Virus)
- They can spread from one area to another and from one person to another
- Different strains of HPV can cause warts in different parts of the body
How Do You Get Rid of Plantar Warts?
There is some good news. In most cases, plantar warts will go away on their own.
The bad news is that this often takes a year (or even longer) to happen! If your warts are causing you pain or you want them gone now, waiting is not your best option.
Total Foot & Ankle has treatments for taking care of plantar warts much sooner. Options may include prescription-strength peeling medicines that may be applied in-office or at home. Cryotherapy or minor surgery might also be options.
In the meantime, keep in mind that you want to prevent transmission of the virus when possible. That means not picking at your warts (and washing your hands thoroughly anytime you have to touch them). It might also mean limiting the contact your warts have in the shower. Wearing shower sandals or applying a waterproof bandage over your warts can help with this.
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