It`s summer time and sandals are an inevitable part of the shoe combination. At this time of the year we pay much more attention to our feet that’s why we notice imperfections on them. When we detect thickened skin on our feet we first think of calluses. But there are some cases when calluses are not the cause of this foot problem.

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Pedicure solves common foot problems like ingrown nails, thickened skin on heels and similar things, but if you come across these bumps on your foot, know that they are not ordinary calluses but plantar warts.

What Are Plantar Warts And How To Prevent Them

Plantar warts are small growths that usually occur on the parts of the feet that suffer from the weight of the body. Most often they appear on the heels or the area underneath the fingers (sole of the foot). These types of warts, like many other problems, are caused by the HPV virus which in the body enters through small cuts and similar wounds on the body. In terms of color, they vary.  They can be white, brown, pink, and often gray or dark brown.

Whether the wart appears or doesn’t, depends on the strength of the immune system and, fortunately, this type of HPV virus that causes plantar warts is not very easily transmissible.

If it is not treated in time, warts can become large and spread, so that on the entire surface of the foot a mosaic is formed. It is a very painful condition that will cause difficulty when you are walking and running.

To protect yourself from plantar warts, wear appropriate footwear in all public places like dressing rooms, in gym or pool. Moreover, always wear clean and dry socks because HPV viruses like hot and humid spots, so the sweat of the feet is an ideal habitat for them.

Never share footwear with other people and always disinfect and put a band aid on all wounds and cuts on your feet. Wash your feet regularly and cover all possible warts that you already have, to prevent the virus from spreading.

If plantar wart appears on your foot, do not scratch it and do not touch it. Instead, contact a dermatologist who will determine the most effective therapy for your condition.

Reference: Plantar Warts and Palmer Warts
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