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Trying on Shoes Can Lead to Plantar Warts or Foot Fungus

jo-farrellAlthough they may not be worn regularly, shoes on sale at stores and boutiques can still sometimes be breeding grounds for harmful bacteria and viruses. Trying on new footwear without wearing socks could cause you to develop an unpleasant fungal infection or growth.

For instance, if the shoes contain excess sweat or are kept in humid conditions, then they could become home to the type of fungus that causes athlete’s foot to develop. Another condition frequently contracted by trying on shoes is plantar warts, which are caused by the human papilloma virus. Fortunately, however, the risk of getting an unwanted foot condition from testing out potential new footwear is usually moderate at worst.

Few foot conditions are more embarrassing than plantar warts. If you are developing warts on your feet, see podiatrist Dr. Jeff Wachtel, D.P.M., of Wachtel Family Foot Care. Dr. Wachtel can help you understand what’s causing them to form and provide you with suggestions about how to get rid of them.

About Plantar Warts

Plantar warts are found on the feet. These warts are caused by the human papillomavirus (HPV) getting into open wounds on the feet. You can recognize plantar warts by a hard bump on the foot. They are usually found on the heels or balls of the feet. Plantar warts are usually not a sign of anything dangerous but do not ignore them if they do cause pain or embarrassment.

If you do have a plantar wart, you may notice some pain when standing but since these warts are not cancerous or dangerous, a podiatrist only needs to be seen if there is excess pain. Doctors can usually easily diagnose plantar warts. Although plantar warts don’t often call for treatment, there are options available. They can be frozen off, removed by an electric tool or burned off using laser treatment.

Home remedies are also available to help with plantar warts. An apple cider vinegar soak can help remove the wart. You can soak your feet in the vinegar for 20 minutes before using a pumice stone to remove any loose skin from the wart.

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If you have any questions feel free to contact our office, located in Lansdale, PA. We offer the latest in diagnostic and treatment technology to meet your needs.

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