Your Podiatrist Can Ease Worries About Plantar Warts

Plantar warts are among the most common reasons patients come to see Cook County podiatrist Dr. Stavros O. Alexopoulos. Men, women, and children are all vulnerable to this condition. How much do you know about the cause, symptoms, and treatment of plantar warts?

The strain of the human papillomavirus that causes plantar warts enters the bloodstream through breaks in the skin. These nicks and cuts can be so small you don't even know they're there, but the virus takes the opportunity to seek a host. Once in the body, it causes small clusters of skin cells to grow explosively and small bumps on the skin's surface.

Plantar warts are typically painless, but they are highly contagious. Shortly after noticing one, you may see it has multiplied and even spread to the other foot. The virus thrives in warm, moist environments like bathtubs and showers, and it’s easy for other household members to become infected. If someone in your home has plantar warts, keep feet covered with socks, slippers, or shower sandals always until you can see your podiatrist.

Friends and others might suggest home remedies for plantar warts, but reputable foot doctors strongly caution against following such advice. Burns, infections, and other complications can result. Instead, report any change to your foot's appearance to an expert podiatrist like Stavros O. Alexopoulos, DPM. With years of training and experience, including a hospital residency, your podiatrist is a medical specialist and the best-qualified doctor to care for this part of your body. Painless, minimally invasive treatment for warts is available.

 

Are you worried about plantar warts, or do you have another concern about the health and wellness of your feet, ankles, or lower legs? Call the friendly My Chicago Foot Expert staff at (773) 561-8100 or click here to schedule a convenient appointment in our modern Ravenswood office today.

 

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Stavros Alexopoulos One of Chicago’s top podiatrists, Stavros Alexopoulos, DPM, treats routine to complex foot and ankle issues. Dr. Alexopoulos is currently accepting new patients at My Chicago Foot Expert located near Ravenswood, North Park, and Jefferson Park.

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