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Warts are unsightly and bothersome. While they may not be dangerous, they should still be removed by a trained professional and not treated at home with wives tales and OTC solutions. A wart on the bottom of the foot is called a plantar wart and is the most common place to form a wart. These appear as raised and callused pieces of skin, often with multiple black dots caused by clotted capillaries.
What are warts?
A wart, in the simplest definition, is a skin infection. Verruca Plantaris, a form of the HPV virus, causes the top layer of skin to grow rapidly, creating a raised mound. While it is only a superficial condition, it will not resolve on its own. Over one half of the population will experience a wart at some point in their life.
How do you get warts?
Don’t worry about picking up any toads; they don’t cause warts. Warts are caused by direct contact with the virus. It may enter the skin through small or invisible cuts and abrasions. Even simple issues such as cracked heels can give the virus a chance to enter your skin. Warts are communicable and can spread to others or different parts of your body. Symptoms may not manifest for weeks or even years after contact.
READ MORE: Cracked Heels in the Summer
How is it treated?
Warts are unsightly but not immediately dangerous to your health. Still, it is important that they are removed, so they do not spread. Home remedies should be avoided. Touching the wart will spread the virus, freezing it off could cause skin damage, acid is just a bad idea altogether. If you are diabetic or have any issues with foot and ankle circulation, you should not treat infections at home. Only your podiatrist can ensure your wart is taken care of safely and effectively.
READ MORE: Summer Ready Feet Today!
In a couple of months, companies will start thinking about summer and encourage you to “get in shape for bikini season” with their gym membership or fad diet, but it’s always a little late to start that when summer is right around the corner. Health isn’t something you should rush. Healing takes time. Getting in shape takes time. And getting your feet healthy for summer takes time.
The Aerolase LightPro Neo laser is an FDA-approved aesthetic treatment for unsightly nails, fungal infections, spider veins, hair removal, age spots, scars, and warts. Just look at some of the results we’ve had:
These treatments take time; so starting today is the best way to ensure your feet really will be ready for summer as soon as the first warm day arrives. Fungal nail infections can be treated with just three visits, but each visit should be 3-4 weeks apart. If we do the math, that’s late April to early May; just in time to break out the sandals! So don’t delay!
You can find more information on the Aerolase laser HERE.
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Throughout the month of January, we have looked at the amazing uses of lasers in podiatry for the purposes of removing warts, reducing the appearance of spider veins, and blasting away toenail fungus. While each of these is important for foot health, that’s not all that lasers can do!
Lasers can be used for the removal of unwanted tattoos. Almost everyone has something they regret, but some people’s regrets are more visible than others. Lasers remove tattoos by harmlessly passing through the top layers of skin and targeting the pigment of the tattoo. The laser heats the pigment up, it is broken into small pieces, and the body’s immune system carries it away. A similar process occurs with the treatment of age spots. The appearance of age spots, dark marks, and scars can all be reduced with laser treatment.
Lasers are also commonly used for hair removal. While having hairy toes is a good thing (it’s a sign of good circulation), it can also be unsightly and embarrassing. While you probably aren’t donning sandals on a daily basis in January in Ohio, you can get ready for summer or that winter vacation by sprucing up your toes and feet. Laser hair removal treatment results are different for everyone, but you can expect your hair to be gone for anywhere from a few months to years down the road.
The uses for lasers are endless, both in and outside of the healthcare industry. Hopefully our January spotlight on lasers helped you decided if a laser treatment with FAAWC is right for you. You can see more information about our treatment options on our website and call our office to set up a consultation today. There’s no reason to live with unsightly hair, unwanted tattoos, age spots, painful warts, or disgusting fungus any longer. Call today!