Plantar warts are caused by the human papilloma virus (HPV), which thrives in humid environments and is often found in swimming pools and locker rooms. People can get the virus on their feet, especially if they don’t wear slippers.
The virus can enter the body via minor cuts, and once it’s inside, it incubates for about three months. It presents a particular risk to children, teenagers, and people with a weakened immune system.
Plantar warts can be brown, gray, or flesh-colored and have tiny black dots, which are blood vessels that supply the wart with blood. Sometimes they appear in clusters. Because plantar warts sometimes cause a thickening of the skin on the foot, they can be confused with corns and calluses.
Does your child have a wart on their foot? Are you wondering if you need to do something about it? Read on as Dr. Kenneth Meisler, our specialist, explains when plantar warts can become problematic.
Most plantar warts will likely go away on their own if your child doesn’t have any issues with their immune system. Children who are less likely to heal properly suffer from conditions such as diabetes, autoimmune diseases, and obesity.
The healing process can take months, even up to a year, and during this time, warts can cause discomfort.
Plantar wart complications are rare, but some children may experience pain, which should prompt a medical visit, as it can also impact your child’s posture and gait.
Treatment for plantar warts varies. However, the most effective way to remove a plantar wart is through the use of laser technology.
Dr. Meisler often takes in patients who were referred by other doctors and were described as treatment-resistant, which means they didn’t respond to acids, medications, or cryotherapy.
Laser treatment, though, is highly effective. During the treatment, your child may feel like a rubber band is being snapped against their skin, but they won’t experience any significant pain or downtime. Following the treatment, your child’s skin may be red and inflamed for a couple of days.
Unfortunately, even if they aren’t painful, warts are unsightly and contagious. Your child may spread the virus to their siblings, friends, and schoolmates, which is why treatment is a must.
After the treatment, you may need to teach your child a few prevention tactics, which include not sharing towels, slippers, or any personal items with other children who may be carriers of the virus, and not walking barefoot in locker rooms.
Contact us to schedule an appointment and eliminate your child’s discomfort.