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Warts

Definition: A benign skin growth caused by a papilloma virus. A common skin condition in the foot.

Cause:

  • Exposure to other individuals or surfaces that harbor the virus.
  • Excessive perspiration of the feet can be a contributory factor

Symptoms:

  • Warts appear as painful bumps on the feet. They often bleed easily and are often confused as corns and calluses.
  • They can occur on the soles of the feet (plantar warts) or toes.
  • They are often painful when squeezed side to side

Treatment:

  • Initial treatment can be performed with over the counter products. Most of these include salicylic acid in various concentrations
  • Periodic paring down with a pumice stone
  • If unresponsive then seek professional help from your physician or podiatrist

Prevention:

  • Avoid going barefoot in communal environments (showers)
  • Keep feet dry

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Hospital Affiliations

midwest orthopadic speciality hospital wheaton franciscan healthcare wheaton franciscan healthcare columbia st mary's childrens hospitel of wisconsin surgicenter of greater milwaukee wisconsin health center aurora health care

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