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Common Disorders

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What is a wart?

A wart is a growth in the skin caused by a viral infection. Warts tend to be hard and flat with elevated, rough surfaces with or without well-defined boundaries. Some have one or more black pinpoints. They are frequently called plantar warts because they appear most often on the plantar surface, or sole of the foot. Children, especially teenagers, tend to be more susceptible to warts than adults.It is possible that a variety of other more serious lesions, including carcinomas and melanomas can be mistakenly identified as warts. Because of those indentification problems, it is wise to consult a podiatric physician about any suspicious growth or eruption on the skin of the feet. If warts are left untreated, they can grow and spread into clusters of several warts.

CAUSES OF WARTS

  • A virus causes warts, which typically invades the skin through small cuts and abrasions.

WHAT CAN YOU DO?

  • Avoid waking barefoot.
  • Change shoes daily.
  • Keep feet clean and dry.
  • Avoid home treatments.

WHAT WILL A PODIATRIC PHYSICIAN DO FOR YOU?

  • Perform a physical examination and evaluation.
  • Initiate treatment, including possible surgical removal.
  • Prescribe medication.

Source: APMA