Warts, in any form, are mainly a skin infection caused due to the spread of human papilloma virus, commonly termed as HPV. The warts are sub categorized on the basis of the particular strain of HPV that leads to the infection. Once it gets infected, the specified area of the skin turns out thick because of dead skin accumulation. And it looks like a tumor or a blister.
Though it is commonly found skin diseases yet there is no optimum medical treatment for warts. The cures available lack effectiveness and the rate of reoccurrence are usually high.
One of the common forms of warts is Plantar Warts. It is a non-malignant skin infection found on the feet. Such warts surface with HPV seeping in through cuts or cracks on the bottom of the feet. Commonly, plantar warts appear on the spots of increased pressure, such as heel or ball of the foot. It makes the foot ache while walking or running. Another feature of plantar warts is they usually form in tiny clusters called satellite warts that emerge from a larger plantar wart.
Plantar warts can be quite difficult to treat as specific treatments affect a particular kind of HPV differently. To add to the difficulty, HPV has become resistant to present-day treatments. Blissfully, there are several options to treat plantar warts, comprising conservative, non-surgical to surgical cures.
The first treatment includes over-the-counter solutions, which include creams or bandages containing chemicals like Trans-Ver-Sal or Duofilm. It helps in softening the thick hard skin and then pumice stone can be used to wear away the plantar wart. It is quite easy-to-use and cost-effective. Also, it may take more than three months to treat warts if applied regularly.
The second treatment involves cryotherapy. Under this, the wart is frozen with chemicals until it gets surrounded by a white halo. The procedure is done at the podiatrist clinic. It is connoted as one of the finest forms of treatments so far.
Under the third treatment i.e, Cantharone compound is when the podiatrist will first remove all the excess callus tissue from the top of the wart and then apply the compound. After drying it up, the wart is covered with a bandage. Generally, there is no such pain in the compound application until the compound starts working into the skin and burns it a little.
Besides the above-mentioned treatments, Candida antigen injections are used to treat warts. These are injected directly into the wart. And lastly, the surgical removal of warts that call for professional podiatric assistance.
As precautionary move, one must avoid walking barefoot in public showers or community pools. Also, no sharing of shoes or socks is strongly advised.
So, here is the summarized detail of the treatment and possible prevention for plantar warts. Remember your ankle and foot health is as vital as other body parts.
Keep health always a priority!