Going Barefoot Not Always As Safe As We Believe

wartsSummer is almost upon us and going barefoot is a practice that is becoming more common, not just in summer, but all year round. Unfortunately, this may not be the best thing for our feet. We could be placing our feet in a vulnerable situation.

According to Hudson Valley podiatrist, Clifford Toback, going barefoot opens our feet up to moveable objects on the ground and increases the danger of plantar warts.

Putting bare feet on unprotected ground creates an opportunity for contracting athlete’s foot, plantar warts, and other conditions. His recommendation is to avoid flip-flops and keep your toenails properly trimmed and maintained.

If your or someone you know suffers from plantar warts, it is advisable to seek professional medical advice from a podiatrist like Dr. Bruce G. Greenfield, DPM of Havertown Podiatry. Dr. Greenfield can advise you on how best to treat a number of foot conditions; including plantar warts.

About Plantar Warts

Plantar warts are the result of HPV, or human papillomavirus getting into open wounds on the feet. They are mostly on the heels or balls of the feet. Some symptoms include:

  • Some pain while standing
  • Tenderness in the foot’s sole
  • Cosmetic discomfort (embarrassment)

While plantar warts are generally harmless, those experiencing excessive pain or those suffering from diabetes or a compromised immune system require immediate medical care. Plantar warts are easily diagnosed, usually through scraping off a bit of rough skin or a biopsy.

Several methods for treating plantar warts exist. They include:

  • Freezing
  • Electric tool removal
  • Laser Treatment
  • Topical Creams (prescription only)
  • Over the counter medications
  • Apple Cider Vinegar Soak

To avoid plantar warts, refrain from walking barefoot in public areas and avoid direct contact with warts.

If you have any questions, please feel free to contact our office in Havertown, PA. We offer the newest diagnostic and treatment technologies for all your foot ankle injuries.

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