Most foot warts are harmless, even though they may be painful. They are often mistaken for corns and calluses, which are layers of dead skin that build up to protect an area which is being continuously irritated. A wart however, is caused by a viral infection which invades the skin through small or invisible cuts or abrasions. Foot warts are generally raised and fleshy and can appear anywhere on the foot or toes. Occasionally, warts can spontaneously disappear after a short time, and then, just as frequently, they can recur in the same location. If left untreated, warts can grow to an inch or more in circumference and can spread into a cluster of warts. Children, especially teenagers, tend to be more susceptible to warts than adults.
Like any other infectious lesion, plantar warts are spread by touching, scratching, or even by contact with skin shed from another wart. The wart may also breed, another route for spreading. Plantar warts that develop on the weight-bearing areas of the foot (ball or heel of the foot) can cause a sharp, burning pain. Pain that occurs when weight is brought directly on the wart, although pressure on the side of a wart can create equally intense pain.
To prevent the spread of warts, follow these tips:
- Avoid direct contact with warts, both from other persons or from other parts of the body.
- Avoid walking barefoot, except on sandy beaches.
- Change your shoes and socks daily.
- Check your children's feet periodically.
- Keep your feet dry and clean.
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