Summers are all about outdoor activities and water-related fun. With exposed feet, you need to practice extra care and caution.
If you notice any rough and scaly skin on the heels or other weight-bearing areas of your feet, the chances are that you have developed plantar warts. Today Dr. Joseph Stuto at Stuto Foot Specialist Podiatry is sharing some of the primary causes for plantar warts and steps you can take to avoid this condition.
What are some common causes of plantar warts?
Plantar warts are caused due to a virus (HPV) that breaks in the outer layer of the skin or other weak spots on the bottom of your feet. If you have a healthy immune system, some plantar warts can go away on their own. They can also become irritated and painful if left untreated.
- Excessive pressure caused by inappropriate or poorly supported footwear can damage the skin of your soles and result in its thickening.
- If the issue is not addressed, and the skin is subjected to pressure persistently, calluses can form over the wart, making it extremely painful and prone to further infection.
- The virus can quickly enter the skin if you have cracked skin or cuts under your feet. Walking barefoot in public areas like swimming pools, changing rooms, or shower stalls can greatly increase your risk of catching the infection.
What can I do to prevent warts?
Foot hygiene is crucial to fight and prevent any foot condition, especially plantar warts.
Avoid direct contact with warts. Wash your feet and hands daily to avoid the spread of the virus.
Make sure you don’t wear the same shoes for two or more days. Let your shoes air-dry properly before you wear them again. Use antifungal spray inside closed shoes to kill any bacteria or fungus that may be present inside.
Wear clean and dry socks and shoes.
Make sure you do not share your footwear, towel, and socks with others as these infections are highly contagious.