At Benenati Foot & Ankle Care Centers, we hope that our Macomb County patients are taking all the necessary precautions to keep themselves and their families safe from the Coronavirus. Some viruses can affect the health of your feet. One of them, the human papillomavirus (HPV), is responsible for warts forming on your feet.
The HPV virus can enter the skin through an injury that breaks the skin, a scrape, or even through tiny, invisible cuts. Once the viral infection takes hold, a wart can form. Warts may appear either flat or raised and will have a rough surface. Often what looks like pinprick size black dots will be in the center of the wart. These are blood vessels which feed the wart. Although usually harmless, warts can become incredibly painful if they form on the weight-bearing parts of your feet like your heel or the ball of the foot. Warts can also spread to other people and other parts of your own body.
It’s essential to make an appointment to see one of our podiatrists, Dr. Anthony Benenati, Dr. Neil Shaw, or Dr. Philip M. Watkins, to have any skin changes evaluated. What looks like a wart may be a callus, which is indicative of a different problem, or even skin cancer. Contact our Macomb (586) 416-3668, St. Clair Shores (586) 779-6140 or Warren (586) 756-3338 office to schedule.
Of course, the best treatment for warts is prevention. Fortunately, there are several steps you can take to stop the virus from entering your foot. These include:
- Always wear shoes in public places—especially those where many people walk barefoot like community pools, gyms, locker rooms, and communal showers.
- Keep your feet dry. Viruses like warm, moist environments. Start each day with clean socks and dust your feet with powder if you tend to sweat excessively. Change your socks whenever you notice they are damp.
- Wash your feet daily.
- If someone in your family has a wart, avoid touching it and make sure that the family member does scratch or touch the wart and then touch someone else.
For more information about warts and other skin infections on your feet, contact us.