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How your podiatrists in New York City can help you get rid of warts
Warts are an annoying, all-too-common problem on your feet. They can be unsightly and make it difficult to wear shoes. The good news is there are effective treatments for warts. The podiatrists at Kenneth R. Meisler & Associates in New York City, NY, want to share the facts about warts and wart treatment.
Warts on your feet, known as plantar warts, often appear on your toes, heels, or forefeet. They look like small, rough, elevated growths. Plantar warts are caused by exposure to a virus that enters your skin through cuts, sores, or breaks in your skin.
According to the Mayo Clinic, plantar warts have a few important characteristics:
- They can cause tenderness and pain when you walk or stand
- They can look like a callus when the wart has moved inward
- They can have small black pinpoints which are clotted blood vessels
- They can cause lesions along the ridges and lines in your feet
You are at increased risk of developing plantar warts if you:
- Are a child or teenager
- Have a history of recurring plantar warts
- Have a weakened immune system
- Often go barefoot in public areas like pools or locker rooms
Sometimes warts can go away on their own if you use over-the-counter medications, but you may need the services of a podiatrist. The podiatrists at Kenneth R. Meisler & Associates are one of the few specialty offices to offer revolutionary Pulsed Dye Laser treatment to remove warts. The laser uses light and heat energy to safely remove warts.
They also offer conventional methods of wart treatment, including:
- Liquid nitrogen “freezing” treatment
- Topical salicylic acid to peel the wart away, layer by layer
If you have annoying, unsightly, uncomfortable plantar warts, it’s time to seek out state-of-the-art wart treatment from your podiatrists at Kenneth R. Meisler & Associates in New York City, NY. You don’t have to live with plantar warts when help is just a phone call away. Call today!
Find out what you can do to prevent plantar warts from happening to you.
There seem to be a multitude of old wives’ tales that tout interesting and sometimes funny ways to remove warts. However, instead of finding unique ways to get rid of your warts, it’s even better if you can prevent them from happening in the first place. While it can be difficult to avoid the virus that causes plantar warts, there are some measures you can take to try to prevent yourself from coming in contact with this common virus.
What causes plantar warts?
Plantar warts are caused by a virus known as the human papillomavirus (HPV). While these warts are benign, they can be unsightly, uncomfortable and embarrassing. There are several different strains of HPV responsible for producing plantar warts, growths often found on the soles of the feet. However, some people that have HPV may not even develop warts.
How can you prevent exposure to the HPV virus that causes plantar warts?
While it’s difficult to ever be 100 percent protected against getting plantar warts, the best way to not get them is by avoiding contact with HPV. This means not touching warts that either you or someone else may have. Some other tips include:
- Don’t share towels, shoes or razors with anyone. Remember, someone can still have HPV and not show any visible signs.
- Always wear shoes in damp, warm and moist areas where the virus may thrive. This includes wearing shoes while using public locker rooms, pools or public showers.
- Prevent irritation on the bottoms of your feet by wearing the proper shoes. Feet that have broken skin are more susceptible to developing warts.
- Always dry your feet, particularly after sweating. Wear absorbent socks if you find that your feet sweat frequently.
While plantar warts can be unsightly, they aren’t dangerous. However, if you want to have one removed, talk to your podiatrist about at-home treatments or come into our office to have it removed professionally.
How are plantar warts treated?
There are some overthecounter salicylic acid treatments that are effective and safe for removing warts. There are also overthecounter cryotherapy kits that freeze off these growths. However, these kits are only safe to use on warts that develop on your hands or feet.
If you aren’t sure whether you have warts or if you have been diagnosed with diabetes and you’re dealing with plantar warts, then it’s important to seek the medical advice of your podiatrist. Call us today!
Although not life-threatening, warts can be unsightly and even painful problems that most of us will experience at least once in our lives. Caused by a virus, the warts treated by the podiatrists at Dr. Kenneth Meisler and Associates in New York City are generally common warts - the raised, bumpy growths that are grayish in color and can appear anywhere on the feet, toes or ankles - and plantar warts, which grow inward on the soles of the feet and can make walking very uncomfortable. Here, Dr. Meisler and his colleagues - Dr. Rocco Sellitto, Dr. Stephanie Hochman, Dr. Christopher Minacapilli, Dr. Martin Wendelken and Dr. Latoya Haskin - explain how warts are treated in their New York City, NY podiatry practice.
One of the most common ways warts are treated by your podiatrist is with a chemical called liquid nitrogen, which exists at a temperature of about negative 330 degrees Fahrenheit. When applied to the wart, it freezes the affected skin, creating a blister under and around the wart that pushes it away from the skin in a matter of a few days. Other chemicals used in wart treatment include salicylic acid and cantharidin. Occasionally surgery is needed for warts that are unresponsive to chemical treatments.
Over-the-counter wart treatments are available at any pharmacy. They typically contain the same medication used at your podiatrist's office - liquid nitrogen or salicylic acid - although it is less concentrated and therefore may take longer to show results. It's important to remember that many "natural" at-home wart treatments - tape, garlic, tea tree oil, even pineapple - are considered anecdotal and may not give you any significant results.
If you have a wart on your foot or ankle that needs treatment, we encourage you to contact the office of Dr. Kenneth Meisler and Associates in New York City, NY. We look forward to helping you put your best foot forward!
No one wants a wart on their foot, but it's surprisingly easy to contrat this contagious skin condition. Plantar warts are warts that develop on the foot and are caused by a few of the 120 types of the human papillomavirus. They affect the superficial areas of your skin, especially on the pressure points of the foot, such as the heel and the ball. The virus usually enters through small cuts or irritated areas in the skin, as well as through skin that is repetitively exposed to water.
Do I Have a Plantar Wart?
A plantar wart looks like a small, grainy callus-like lesion on the bottom of your foot. There may be one wart or many warts grouped together. The center of the wart will have a tiny red or black dot, which is caused by trapped capillaries.
Plantar warts are common among children and teenagers. Their immune system is not fully developed, and they are also more likely to go barefoot. Warts are also more common in those with weakened immune systems.
How Can I Prevent Plantar Warts?
- Avoid walking barefoot in public places such as showers, changing rooms, swimming pools and saunas.
- Change your socks daily.
- Check your feet daily.
- Do not touch warts on other people.
- Don’t scratch the warts, it can encourage spreading.
- Cover warts with waterproof tape while in swimming pools or shower stalls.
If you've been trying various home remedies for warts for two weeks or more, and the wart still hasn't faded away, contact your podiatrist. Also, if a new growth has occurred, you have a history of skin cancer or you are diabetic, it’s important that you see your podiatrist right away!