Heel pain is caused by a condition called plantar fasciitis, which in laymen terms means, inflamed ligament like structure on the bottom of the heel. This condition can be extremely debilitating if left untreated.
Foot warts, also known as plantar warts, are small growths with a rough texture that appear on the heels or other weight bearings areas of your feet, such as the ball of the foot.
Foot warts are caused by human papillomavirus (HPV). These viruses get access into your body through cuts, breaks or other weak spots on the foot’s surface. Contrary to popular belief, they grow into the skin, not out of it.
These warts create a small hole in the skin’s surface, making the surrounding skin thicken. Because of the dense nub around the wart, it’s common to feel pain when walking on the foot. However, that is the extent of the symptoms. There are no adverse health concerns related to the presence of a plantar wart.
There are different types of warts that affect the human body:
In general, you should see a doctor if:
Most foot warts do not pose a challenge to your health. They go away without treatment within several months, though they sometimes persist for over a year. If your wart is painful or bothersome and it spreads around the surrounding areas of the foot, you should see your podiatrist for safe and effective treatment. Most warts are treated with a form of cryotherapy, where liquid nitrogen is applied directly to the wart, freezing it. If required, laser removal is also available, offering a minimally invasive treatment.
We often see patients who complain about a growth, but are unable to distinguish whether it is a corn, callus or wart. If you have any of these conditions, Dr. Maislos, DPM, FACFAS can help you identify it and treat you accordingly. Call (713) 541-3199 to schedule an appointment today! We offer same-day and next-day appointments. We accept most major medical insurance.
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