Spring Into Action Against Warts

by | Apr 26, 2016 | Skin Conditions

Whether they do it indoors or out in nature, many Frisco, CO residents and visitors enjoy rock climbing. It’s a great way to test one’s strength and endurance, but beginners often try to use too much upper body strength while climbing, and not enough of their lower. If you intend on doing any climbing, you will certainly want to know how to prevent a plantar wart which could make the climb incredibly uncomfortable.

Plantar warts are generally harmless enough, but they develop on the underside of the foot and can be a source of discomfort and even pain in some cases. If you are willing to wait a couple of years, a wart will go away in time. Otherwise, you can come to Eagle-Summit Foot & Ankle for professional removal services.

We can provide treatment if you need it, but use the following wart prevention tips to reduce your risk of having to deal with the condition in the first place:

  • Keep your feet dry and clean. Wash your lower limbs daily with soap and water. Also, make sure you wear clean socks every day.
  • Do not touch someone else’s wart. The virus that causes warts—human papillomavirus (HPV)—is easily transferable via touch, and this can lead to its spread. If you do accidentally make contact, wash the area immediately with soap and water.
  • Only use your own razor, towel, socks, and shoes. In addition to being transferred through touch, contaminated items and surfaces can pass along the wart-causing virus. Instead of risking contracting HPV in this way, stay safe and use your own items.
  • Wear shower shoes or sandals in public places. Microorganisms (like viruses) thrive in warm, damp environments, so protect your feet when using gym locker rooms and showers or walking on indoor pool decks.

Even when practicing prevention tips like these, it can be tricky to eliminate all the risk. Warts are rather common, and experts believe that most people will grow at least one at some point in their lives.

If you or any of your family members have contracted one of these viral growths, Eagle-Summit Foot & Ankle can safely remove it for you. Call either our Avon, CO office at (970) 949-0500 or our Frisco Station office at (970) 668-4565 for additional information, or schedule an appointment with us via our online form.