HPV, also known as the Human Papilloma Virus, is what causes plantar warts. The virus penetrates into the smallest skin wounds, and can infect other points on the body through contact. The incubation period can last from a few weeks to a few months.
Viruses can establish themselves when they encounter damaged skin. In addition, a weakened immune system allows them to multiply. This typically happens, when you are highly stressed, going through puberty, or pregnancy. Therefore, we could say that damaged skin and poor health play an important role in the development of warts.
How to Prevent Plantar Warts
Good skin care on the feet prevents the skin from developing small cracks, which can be caused by dry skin. Regularly applying lotion on the feet and keeping the skin in good condition can prevent the formation of plantar warts.
The body’s immune system is strengthened by general fitness and a healthy diet. Sleep deprivation, anxiety, and stress weaken the immune system and can therefore encourage the emergence of plantar warts.
How to Treat Plantar Warts
Through a Healthy Body – Ideally, the best way to get rid of warts is to keep your body healthy and your skin clean. If you have a strong immune system, your body can fight against warts.
- Cutting – Podiatrists still cut warts under some circumstances, but extra care is needed, because the virus can spread through the cut, and the root needs to be completed removed.
- Cryosurgery – Cryosurgery uses liquid nitrogen to freeze your plantar warts off. It’s effective and it is not very painful. It will take several treatments to be successful. It all depends how big your warts are, and how many you have.
- Laser – Laser surgery is performed by eliminating wart tissue with a YAG laser. It is a preferred method with larger sized warts. It’s a highly effective way to remove warts. Typically there is very little discomfort with this method of treatment and requires one or two treatments and usually no injections or cutting of the skin.
- Creams and Ointments – There are some people, who swear by natural remedies. This includes anything from apple cider vinegar, Tee Tree Oil, and other tinctures and lotions. If a natural treatment works to remove warts, then that is great. However, if you don’t notice any change in your foot warts, it’s best to contact your podiatrist to seek out another form of treatment.
Plantar Warts can cause discomfort and pain to your feet. It is a good idea to get in touch with your podiatrist at InMotion Foot and Ankle Specialists if you notice warts on your feet.