Warts are one of the most common foot conditions that we treat at McQuistan Chiropody. They are highly contagious, spread easily, and can appear on various parts of the body. They are caused by an infection of the Human Papilloma Virus. Warts have the ability to hide from your immune system, so they will not be resolved on their own and usually require treatment. Wart treatments vary, depending on the severity of the infection.
Warts are most common the bottom of the feet where it’s easiest to be exposed to the virus. They are typically a raised circular area and can occur anywhere on the skin. Often, they can be uncomfortable and even painful.
McQuistan Chiropody can perform a variety of wart treatments, including wart removal, to help you alleviate discomfort and help treat the infection!
Causes of Warts
Warts are caused by an infection by the Human Papilloma Virus. Breaks in the skin let the virus in, which is why they often appear on the bottom of the foot. This means activities like being barefoot in public places are a common cause of warts, for example, public pools, showers, and fitness centres. Some people are more susceptible than others, so it’s difficult to predict who is most at risk in different environments.
Preventing warts from spreading or preventing yourself from getting infected is very simple. Always wear footwear (like water shoes or flip flops) in public showers, pool decks, gyms, and any other place where people are barefoot. Make sure you only use clean tools on your feet and always sterilize any instruments that are used on feet in order to kill the virus.
If you have warts, these rules are essential to follow to prevent the spread of the virus. Furthermore, wearing waterproof bandaids over warts when going to public places will ensure that the virus doesn’t get transmitted to any surfaces. To prevent the spread of bacteria to other parts of the body, never pick at or scratch a wart.
There are a variety of wart treatments depending on the severity of the infection:
• Prescribed topical ointments for home use
• In-office topical medicaments
• Laser treatment
• Surgical wart removal
If left untreated, warts can easily spread to other areas of your skin, like your face or hands. It’s also easy for the bacteria to spread to people who come in contact with the warts, like family members in your house. They can become painful and sometimes cause difficulty walking.
If you are suffering from warts, it’s important to have them treated or removed quickly to prevent the spread of the warts and pain or discomfort. McQuistan Chiropody can provide treatment for your warts to help you control outbreaks and prevent the spread of the infection.