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Plantar warts

Plantar warts are different from most other warts. They tend to be flat and cause the build up of callus (that has to be peeled away before the plantar wart itself can be seen. Plantar warts may attack blood vessels deep in the skin. They can be quite painful. Plantar warts are caused by human papillomavirus (HPV) type 1 and tend to affect teenagers.

By contrast, common warts on the skin of the fingers and hands appear as little mounds of overgrown skin with a rough dry surface. They do not as a rule grow down much and they do not tend to hurt. They are usually caused by HPV types 2 and 4 and by preference affect young children before their teens

To avoid plantar warts, a child should be taught never to wear someone else’s shoes. If a child gets plantar warts, they should be treated by The Podiatrist. Plantar warts can be far more of a problem than common warts.

  • Unless you’re strolling on a sandy beach, don’t walk barefoot.
  • Put on a fresh pair of socks each day, and alternate shoes each day.
  • Make sure your feet are always dry and clean.
  • Inspect your child’s feet regularly.
  • Do not touch warts on another person or on another part of the body.
  • Pay attention to unusual growths on the skin. Seek prompt medical attention if you find any.

See The Podiatrist for all your foot care needs.

www.thepodiatrist.co.nz

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