Plantar warts are not the greatest thing to ever happen to you, but there are worse fates, right?
Having some unsightly bumps on the underside of your foot, or a patch of them, is not going to land you any modeling contracts. But on the other hand, not many people see them, so…
Do they really need treated?
If you ask us, that answer is an emphatic “Yes!”
There are several good reasons why you should not wait on plantar wart treatment (and yes, they are more practical and important than fictional foot modeling contracts!)
Plantar Warts Can Take a Very Long Time to Disappear
A plantar wart is caused by a viral infection beneath the skin. The good news is that, in most cases, this infection goes away over time.
The bad news is that the amount of time it takes for plantar warts to clear up can be very, very long. We’re talking a year. Sometimes 2 years. Sometimes even longer than that!
Each case is different, but there’s one common thread: the longer you have plantar warts, the more opportunities there are for bad things to happen. What sorts of bad things?
Plantar Warts Can Spread
If you have plantar warts, it’s already a good sign that your immune system is not great at combating the particular strain of virus that has caused it. The potential for more warts appearing on your foot, or even on other parts of your body, is there.
Warts most frequently spread via direct contact of the virus with the skin. That means, if you are touching or picking at your warts, stop doing that as much as you can, and definitely wash your hands whenever you have to do so. It is possible to spread warts through touch like this!
It is also possible for plantar warts to spread across your foot, especially if you happen to get a cut on the bottom of your foot or aggravate your current warts.
The spread of warts from person to person is thankfully not as likely, but it’s still possible. The longer you carry your warts around, the higher the likelihood that someone around you might pick them up. They would not appreciate that.
Plantar Warts Can Become Painful
Plantar warts in high pressure areas, such as beneath your heel or the sole of your foot, are prone to causing pain.
Even if they don’t hurt now, a day of excessive walking or running could make a tangible difference.
If pain is a persistent part of your warts, it can mean more than an inconvenience. Whether we realize it or not, we tend to shift our weight, stances, and gaits in response to factors such as pain.
Adjusting the way you walk can redistribute the way forces are distributed across your feet, meaning that you might start developing additional aches in your heels, knees, or even lower back. This is why no pain in your feet is something you should ever just “deal with.”
You May Have Higher Risks
Sometimes, other conditions can make plantar warts more challenging to resolve or riskier to have. The conditions include:
- A weakened immune system. Any condition that results in a reduced immune response increases the odds of warts spreading and lasting on your feet. They might not even disappear on their own at all.
- Diabetes and/or reduced sensation in your feet. Living with diabetes often means reduced sensation in your feet over time due to nerve damage (although other factors may cause this as well). This makes monitoring the health of your feet more difficult, and any abnormality discovered should always be brought to the attention of a podiatrist.
You should also not hesitate to contact us if your warts are especially painful and get in the way of enjoying activities.
You should also pay special attention if a suspected wart bleeds or changes in color or shape over time. These are signs that something else might be at play that warrants an examination.
Whenever a problem develops with your feet or ankles, sooner than later is always the optimal choice for addressing it. Whether it’s warts, other skin and nail disorders, heel pain, or fungal toenails, your odds of having a much easier resolution rise the sooner you seek the help you need!
Call Foot Specialists of Long Island at (516) 804-9038 or fill out our online contact form to reach us with any questions or appointment requests you might have. The staff at our Massapequa and Rockville Centre offices will be happy to serve you!