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Not just for Toads

We are waiting for the day when either a vaccination exists to stop all viruses (including influenza) or an antibiotic starts working like it does for bacteria. We can’t seem to get ahead of the current viral problem plaguing the world for the last 2 plus years. Another virus we know and see all too often is the wart virus. It seems like we should have figured out a way to wipe this from the planet by now. No such luck. From an early age to the senior years some people are susceptible to the pesky wart virus. They occur mostly on the hands and feet. On the hands, they grow upward but on the bottom of the feet they grown inward due to the pressure of weight bearing. There’s almost no mistaking a wart on the hand. Conversely, warts on the feet can be mistaken for a callus or foreign object. Many warts on the feet don’t hurt and therefore it’s hard to know when it first appeared. Usually, the longer they’ve been present the harder they are to eliminate. There are many over-the-counter products for warts which contain salicylic acid. For safety reasons, we don’t recommend using this kind of product anywhere on your foot. If you have a spot on your foot you think might be a wart, your best bet is to have us accurately diagnose it. Not that eliminating warts is easy, but we do have highly effective methods that don’t require surgery. The risk of ignoring a wart is the possibility of it getting larger and/or spreading. We’ve seen more than 100 warts on a single foot. Please come and see us earlier rather than later. Fortunately, the virus most prevalent on the foot isn’t a serious one.

Author
Paul Betschart, DPM Dr. Betschart has over 26 years of experience in treating patients of all ages with all kinds of foot and ankle conditions. His mission is to provide you with helpful information about foot and ankle issues and the latest developments in healthcare.

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