Plantar Warts-Getting Down To The Root Of The Matter.
Many of us have a favorite shoe type that we enjoy wearing. Some may prefer plain old sneakers and others maybe mocassin's, or even hushpuppies for that matter. For me it was cowboy boots, that caught my fancy during my high school days. You could say it was somewhat of a fad for me back than. I probably got hooked from watching all of those rawhide, cowboy shows with Clint Eastwood.
They were convenient to slip on, especially when you were in a hurry trying to get out the door to catch the bus. And to add they even looked attractive with a jean shirt and bell-bottom jeans, no matter what the color of the boot was. In fact those boots later became part of my favorite shoe collection, besides a pair of prophet sandals; that I wore on occasion to the beach. However the biggest problem that developed from wearing those cowboy boots was, that I eventually developed what Podiatrist's (foot doctor's) call a Plantar's Wart.
The real truth about developing plantar's warts, is that you do not necessarily have to wear boots to make your feet sweat on a constant basis. Particularly true during the hot and humid summer months. Because wearing a shoe of any type, long enough, whether it's a shoe made for a man, or one for a woman. Can and will, make your feet sweat continually, while their trapped within your shoes.
What it all boils down to is, if the shoe fits...you will eventually develop a problem beneath one or both feet and most likely sooner than later.. Also a lot of problems associated with wearing tight shoes can in turn cause corns, calluses and bunions to name a few of the many annoying foot problems.
So all in all, it can get mighty ugly down there inside the sock that covers your foot. Feet like a lot of other areas of the body become moist, and sometimes with that moisture comes odor, irritation and an opportunity for fungus and infection to set in. Plantar warts you could say are a type of foot fungus, or better yet-more like a type of bunion growing inwards.
The good news about plantar warts is that even though they can often be annoying and even painful at times; they can also be removed safely. Two other positive points that reader's may also like to know is: One, plantar warts are not cancerous, but believe it or not, they are a type of virus. In fact they are a human virus belonging to the class of viruses called papilloma virus.
HPV as they are often referred to, as previously mentioned, are found on the bottom or sole of the foot. Besides being localized to that area, they can also be found beneath the toes. And on rare occasions a few may even be found on a finger or palm of the hand. But once again, they are most likely to be found growing on the bottom of one foot, or both feet.
You are not alone if you have developed one of these epithelial or skin tumors, as they are also called in addition to epithelial tumors. Because statistics show that of the total U.S. population, approximately seven to ten percent of people suffer from plantar warts or a similar conditon. The HPV or human papilloma virus can occur not only from wearing shoes or boots that retain a lot of moisture over time.
But in addition the virus can hide on surfaces, such as around swimming pools and on the floors of showers. If you have a small cut or slit on the bottom of your foot for example, this is the perfect entry way for the virus to make direct contact with the skin and enter through it. After the initial contact with the virus, it may take another two weeks or more, before the actual plantar wart develops on the sole of the foot or elsewhere.
Sure plantar warts may turn out to be bothersome and even very painful after awhile. And in addition they may even appear to be unsightly at that. Remember beauty is only skin deep, but with the case of plantar warts, beauty is even deeper within the skin. The good that does eventually come from having a plantar's wart on the bottom of your foot, is that you and only you have to know about it.
You do not have to share your foot problems with the rest of the world. No one will know whether you have a wart or a bunion beneath those tootsies; that is unless you choose to lay on a lounge chair in the middle of a crowded beach without your sandals off and your feet sticking out towards oncoming beachcombers.
You can further prevent this unsightly viral skin condition, simply by not making any contact with warts on other parts of your body. And also by avoiding sharing of shoes and socks with friends or family members. A few other helpful tips in preventing the spread of plantar warts, is by donning a pair of sandals or flip flops, particularly before entering large showers shared by others. And when swimming, always place an adhesive bandage over the wart.
If you do develop a plantar's wart during some time in your life, do not hesitate taking care of the matter immediately. Get down to the root of the problem right away, because continual procrastination, will only cause unwanted pain in the long run. There are many treatment methods available to those afflicted with plantar warts.
For starters you can employ some useful alternative medicinal approaches; or home remedies to help ease the pain and discomfort. However before beginning any alternative medicinal treatment. It is always a good rule of thumb to consult your healthcare provider first. The reason being is if there is nerve damage in your feet as a result of diabetes, this could in turn cause a problem In addition. The same applies if you have cancer or a compromised immune system.
Most plantar's warts will eventually dissipate or disappear on their own. Usually this happens within a two year period. But for some reason if the warts do become painful during this period, you can resort to Keratolytic chemicals. Keratolytic chemicals, an example being salicylic acid, can usually be found at your local pharmacy.
A physician can also write a prescription strength dose if needed. Salicylic acid, or Keratolytic chemicals, are also used to dissolve corns and bunions, on top of the toes and beneath the balls of the feet. In addition topical application of a chemical virucidal; which is a dilute form of glutaraldehyde can also be applied to the affected region or wart. This glutaraldehyde also known as a topical chemotherapy agent, is either applied to the wart topically or via the lesion within the foot by injection.
If all else fails and home remedies do not assist to alleviate your plantar's wart problem, than you will have to eventually consult a Podiatrist-(Foot Physician). The most common method a podiatrist will use to remove the plantar's wart if it should come down to that, is to surgically incise the wart, or to perform a secondary surgical method utilizing cryosurgery.The former is one unpleasant procedure; you will want to avoid at all costs if you are able to.
And believe me once you view the video if you dare, you will soon come to realize there must be a better way. Also make sure you have already eaten your lunch before viewing the footage. Unfortunately about ten years ago I had elected to have my plantar's wart removed, via the surgical incision method.
I don't know what hurt worse, the needle with the numbing anesthetic going into my foot and the wart itself, or feeling that terrible pain from having an area of skin removed with the wart intact, from the bottom of my foot. Which by the way, was about the size of a quarter. All I do remember is having to take the painkiller Darvocet about every 4-6 hours for four days straight to alleviate the excruciating pain. I learned to enjoy my periodic visits to the dentist, after my experiences with the Podiatrist.
By all means if you are going to have a plantar's wart removed first, ask your podiatrist, if he or she can employ multiple laser treatments. The laser treatments besides applying salicylic acid; are by far the most effective methods of treatment today, in dealing with plantar warts.
And four to six consecutive monthly treatments of laser therapy, will without fail, eradicate your plantar's wart problem once and for all. But remember attempting to get a foothold on a virus like the one that causes plantar warts; can significantly escalate into a more serious condition from surfacing in the future. And much sooner in fact, than later.