Those Dogs Barkin’ from Summer, Swimming and Plantar Warts!

The dog days of summer are upon us with the warmest, sultriest days of summer temperatures. With the elevated heat, folks and children are finding areas to cool off but also possibly exposing themselves to plantar warts. The virus can easily be attracted to warm, moist environments such as swimming pool grounds, gym showers, and exercise mats mainly when barefooted.

These communal areas are high risk when walking around barefoot and increase the chances of being exposed to warts. Warts will grow on the top layer of skin appearing at the bottom of the foot. Plantar warts are contagious; the root is caused by a strain of the human papillomavirus (HPV) where the virus enters the skin when small abrasions or cuts are exposed that infects basal cells ultimately resulting in plantar warts in weeks to come.

Ways to prevent attracting this virus wear either sandals or flip-flops when in communal areas, such as pool grounds and gym showers at all times. Use your own towels and washcloths, and always try keeping your feet clean and dry. Always wash your hands after touching your warts, avoid picking at warts it could spread.

In the event, you contract plantar warts always covered and avoid touching it. You can certainly ride it out, but visiting your podiatrist can expedite the process giving you some relief. Normally your podiatrist will suggest a topical medication or another alternative is to cut it out which is quick and done in one office visit.

Our physicians will counsel you on which treatments may be necessary including medications, shoegear, major or minor surgical procedures, and the use of orthotics which are prescription. For an appointment today please call (973) 365-2208.