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Warts: Lumpy Skin Lesions

Warts are largely misunderstood little skin problems. People have lots of misconceptions about how they develop, where they come from, and how to treat them. They don’t come from toads, and they certainly aren’t exclusive to either people with poor hygiene or storybook witches. They are, however, a stubborn virus that infects your skin and can be hard to eliminate.

The Real Reason Warts Grow

You develop a wart on your foot when a certain strain of the human papillomavirus (HPV) infects your skin, generally through a micro-cut or a small scrape. The virus thrives in warm, moist environments, so it often festers around swimming pools, locker rooms, and other similar places. Your feet get infected by coming into direct contact with a contaminated surface—whether it’s a pool deck or someone else’s feet—and by providing the right atmosphere for the lesion to grow.

In general, these bumps are mostly harmless, though they can grow painful. The bumpy lesion can develop anywhere on your foot. The infected area of skin grows a raised, fleshy, grainy spot. Typically, pressing directly on them is uncomfortable. While you can end up with a wart almost anywhere on your lower limbs, the most common place for them is on your sole, where they‘re called plantar warts. These can have slightly different characteristics. They tend to be flatter and a dark grey or brown in color. Often they’re covered by a callus.

Getting Rid of the Bumps

Your body may eventually fight off the wart-causing virus on its own, but this process can take a long time—possibly years. Most people don’t want to wait and risk the virus spreading to other parts of the feet or even other places around the body. Fortunately, the right care can eliminate the growth. Sanjay Gandhi, DPM, and our team at A Step Up Podiatry, LLC will carefully examine your lesion and confirm that it is actually a wart. Then we’ll help you find the treatment that works best for you.

Most remedies for a wart on the foot are conservative. Medication with salicylic acid is the most common approach. This treatment slowly peels off the wart a few layers at a time, taking the virus with it. Immune therapy stimulates your body’s natural defenses to fight off the virus. You can also have a minor in-office procedure to excise the growth altogether.

Preventing Warts in the Future

Warts are contagious and can return, which is why it’s best to take preventative measures to avoid the lesions if you can. Don’t touch another person’s foot warts or share any of their hygiene tools or footwear. Keep your feet dry so they don’t become a wart-friendly environment. Always wear sandals or shower shoes when walking in an area that may be contaminated by the virus, like a pool deck or locker room.

You don’t have to accept your foot warts and simply hope they’ll go away without spreading. You can do something about the lesions on your skin to shrink and eliminate them. Let Sanjay Gandhi, DPM and our whole team at A Step Up Podiatry, LLC in Manalapan Township, NJ, help you beat the bumps. You can make an appointment with us today by using our online form. You can also call (732) 446-7136.

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