Many people don’t consider taking precautions when it comes to trying on new shoes at the store. Shoe store inventories can contain possible contaminants can include bacteria, fungi, and viruses left there from previous customers. Some of these contaminants can be contagious.
One such contaminant that is contagious is HPV, which is known for causing plantar warts. HPV may induce the growth of plantar warts, which can be very difficult to treat and get rid of. So be sure to wear socks and take the necessary precautions at the shoe store.
Plantar warts are always unwanted. If you have plantar warts, see podiatrist Dr. Brian Tedesco of Complete Foot & Ankle Care. Dr. Tedesco can treat your foot and ankle conditions with the professional care they need.
About Plantar Warts
Plantar warts are found on the feet. These warts are caused by the human papillomavirus (HPV) getting into open wounds on the feet. You can recognize plantar warts by a hard bump on the foot. They are usually found on the heels or balls of the feet. Plantar warts are usually not a sign of anything dangerous but do not ignore them if they do cause pain or embarrassment.
If you do have a plantar wart, you may notice some pain when standing but since these warts are not cancerous or dangerous, a podiatrist only needs to be seen if there is excess pain. Doctors can usually easily diagnose plantar warts. Although plantar warts don’t often call for treatment, there are options available. They can be frozen off, removed by an electric tool or burned off using laser treatment.
Home remedies are also available to help with plantar warts. An apple cider vinegar soak can help remove the wart. You can soak your feet in the vinegar for 20 minutes before using a pumice stone to remove any loose skin from the wart. Make sure to keep the wart covered for protection in between daily treatments.
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If you have any questions, please contact one of our offices in Reading, MA. We offer the newest diagnostic and treatment technologies for all your foot care needs.
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