Overland Park Office - 10701 Nall Ave., Suite 120, Overland Park, KS 66211
Blue Springs Office - 1050 South Outer Road, Blue Springs, MO 64015

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Blue Springs 816-228-9393

Warts on the Feet Removal Dr. Sheldon Fleishman Blue Springs, MODid you know that there are more than 100 types of the human papillomavirus (HPV)? In recent years doctors have learned that a strain of the HPV can be linked to various forms of cancer. One form of the virus is the culprit behind plantar warts.  Although they are often mistaken for a corn or callus on the feet, plantar warts are caused by a viral infection that can spread.

More than 3-million cases of plantar warts are diagnosed each year and are commonly found among children. Plantar warts develop in the outer layer of the skin on the soles of the feet when a person has contracted the wart-causing strain of HPV. The wart will appear as a raised bump on the foot, and can increase in size and spread into clusters when left untreated. Like any infectious lesion, warts can spread by touching or scratching the affected area.

The strain of HPV that causes plantar warts likes to live in warm, moist environments, such as near swimming pools, locker rooms, and public showers. Even if you don’t frequent these types of areas often you should take the right steps to lower your risk of developing plantar warts on your feet.

Here are 6 steps to prevent plantar warts. 

  1. Avoid direct contact with your own and others warts.  
  2. Always wear shoes in areas where it’s common to be exposed to the HPV strain that causes warts, such as public showers and pool areas.
  3. Avoid walking barefoot in areas that can scratch or irritate your feet.
  4. Change your socks daily and keep them clean and dry.
  5. Use disposable nail grooming tools such as emery boards, nail clippers, and pumice stone to keep the virus from spreading.
  6. Wash your hands carefully after touching your warts.

In order for warts to develop the virus needs a point of entry into the foot through a cut or scrape, cracks in dry skin or a soften spot on the skin, so it’s important that you check your feet often for ways the virus can enter your body.

If you notice a development of plantar warts on your feet or suffer from warts and need help relieving the chronic pain they cause, contact Dr. Sheldon Fleishman for a consultation.   Dr. Fleishman will work with you to find the relief from your warts.  Call to schedule an appointment at one of our convenient locations.

Office Locations: Blue Springs, Missouri (816) 228-9393 or Overland Park, KS (913) 381-5515.