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Friday
Oct182013

Plantar Warts

What are they:  Small, hard, fleshy growths on the bottom of your foot. If the wart is located on an area of the foot where there is pressure from the weight of your body the wart may become painful. Warts differ from calluses because warts and are not uniform in consistency and color and often look dimpled. A strain of the human papillomavirus (HPV). (Don’t worry—it’s not dangerous.)

Treatment:   Several over the counter treatment options occur which can get rid of small warts. If these options don’t work your doctor can freeze them off with liquid nitrogen.

Prevention:   Although warts aren’t highly contagious, they can be spread through cracks in the skin—so wear flip flops or avoid going barefoot in public places.