Warts aren’t fun to deal with, especially if they leave you uncomfortable or in pain, but they don’t have to put a dent in your summer plans. They are painful bumps on your skin, often on the bottom of your feet. They typically are more painful when pressed from side to side. They are caused by the human papillomavirus, which is very common in the environment and makes warts easily spread from surfaces and from person to person.
Prevent Warts This Summer
There are several ways to prevent plantar warts. First, it’s important to keep your feet dry. Make sure you wear comfortable footwear and that your feet are always protected. Avoid walking barefoot, especially in places with sharp objects like rocks. Washing and cleaning your feet thoroughly daily can help prevent you from getting them. Because a virus causes them, warts are contagious.
Treat Your Warts
Many over-the-counter remedies can help with minor warts. However, it’s best to consult a foot specialist who can diagnose the severity of the problem and offer the proper remedy. Over-the-counter medications aren’t always effective, and warts often return after treatment. Here at West Hartford Podiatry, we offer a number of efficient treatments. One of the latest treatments for warts is the SWIFT device. This works via microwaves and helps the body’s own immune system target and eliminate the virus, leading to a less than 1% recurrence rate. If you think you or someone in your family has a wart, give us a call to see if this therapy is for you.
At West Hartford Podiatry Associates Kurt Rode, DPM, and Marc Lederman, DPM treat a variety of foot and ankle conditions such as ankle sprains, fractures, running injuries, sports injuries, pediatric foot care, bunions, hammertoes, heel pain, and neuromas. We provide the best podiatric solutions to patients of all ages in Hartford County. Contact us for your foot and ankle needs. Our office is at 2531 Albany Ave, West Hartford, CT 06117.
Did you find plantar warts on the soles of your feet? They’re very common! Warts might seem like a small and harmless lump on your foot, but if left untreated, they may begin to create pain and discomfort when walking or standing. That’s why it’s important to call your podiatrist at the first sign of a wart. Today we’re sharing everything you need to know about warts, along with the perfect solution for them.
What Is a Wart?
The virus HPV is the cause of plantar warts. When it enters through tiny cuts or breaks in the bottom of your feet, a small, rough growth appears. You can usually find them on the balls and heels of your feet, which bear the most pressure and weight. On darker skin, they may show up lighter than the rest of your skin tone. Here are some other common characteristics:
- Callus over the wart
- Small black dots in the middle of the wart
- Wart clusters
- Pain or tenderness when standing or walking is common
If you have any signs of bleeding, changes in shape or color, persistent warts, severe pain, diabetes, or a weakened immune system, don’t delay treatment. Call your foot doctor right away.
The Swift Therapy Treatment
West Hartford Podiatry offers the latest and most advanced technology for treating warts – Swift therapy. By using directed low-powered microwave energy, we can safely and quickly treat your warts. Most treatments for warts damage the wart tissue. And even after treatment, there’s a high percentage of them reoccurring.
Instead, Swift simply triggers the immune system and encourages it to resolve the wart on its own. After treatment, your body will recognize the HPV virus and build up an immunity to it, rather than ignoring it. There’s a less than 1% chance of warts reappearing after using Swift because of this.
Here’s why Swift is the warts solution you can rely on:
- It’s a consistent and precise treatment
- There’s a new applicator tip used for every session, meaning it’s clean and safe
- Swift is FDA approved and has plenty of research showing its success
- You’ll experience little to no pain
- There are no wounds, anesthetics, aftercare, or medications with Swift
- Each treatment lasts 5-10 minutes
Interested in treating your plantar warts with us? Call our office at 860-236-2564 and ask about Swift therapy today.
At West Hartford Podiatry Associates, Marc Lederman, DPM, and Kurt Rode, DPM, treat a variety of foot and ankle conditions such as ankle sprains, fractures, running injuries, sports injuries, pediatric foot care, bunions, hammertoes, heel pain, and neuromas. We provide the best podiatric solutions to patients of all ages.
Summer is here, but don’t put foot and ankle safety on the sidelines. The doctors at West Hartford Podiatry Associates are here to help you enjoy this season while reducing your risk for foot and ankle injuries and conditions. Here are three tips for prioritizing your foot and ankle safety this summer.
Keep your feet covered
Wearing socks and the right shoes is one of the best ways to protect your feet and ankles and avoid ankle sprains, fractures, running injuries, and sports injuries. As temperatures rise, you might opt for flip-flops but do so only when heading to the pool or the beach. While such footwear protects your feet from hot pavement and sharp objects, it lacks sufficient arch and ankle support. Going barefoot is not advised, especially for patients with diabetes, who may develop an infection from a cut or a scratch which can lead to further complications.
Don’t share shoes
Did you know that plantar warts are contagious? One of the ways they are passed along is when people share shoes, including shower shoes, beach flip-flops, and more. Sharing toenail clippers and other personal hygiene products are common ways for spreading fungus, too.
Don’t skip the sunscreen
We often forget our feet when applying sunscreen. Protect all of your skin this summer by adding sunscreen to your feet and ankles. Don’t forget the sides of your feet, the tops of your toes, and other places that we often ignore. Avoid adding sunblock between your toes as that is the ideal location for fungus growth. Keep watch and notify your podiatrist of any changes on your feet, including color or shape changes to moles. We’re here to help.
At West Hartford Podiatry Associates, Harvey Lederman, DPM, Marc Lederman, DPM, and Kurt Rode, DPM treat a variety of foot and ankle conditions such as ankle sprains, fractures, running injuries, sports injuries, pediatric foot care, bunions, hammertoes, heel pain, and neuromas. We provide the best podiatric solutions to patients of all ages in Hartford County. Contact us for your foot and ankle needs. Our office is at 2531 Albany Ave, West Hartford, CT 06117.
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