Planters Warts on Children
A plantar wart can be a harmless skin growth. Plantar warts occur on the bottom of the feet and may be painful when your child walks.
A virus makes the top layer of skin grow quickly, causing a wart.
You should see your doctor if the wart changes appearance or color, if it is bleeding, or if you have multiple warts. If you have diabetes, poor sensation in your feet, or a weakened immune system, you should also have the wart seen by a doctor.
Warts are spread easily. Your child can infect himself or herself again by touching the wart and then touching another part of the body. Others can also be infected by sharing towels or other personal items.
Plantar warts are caused by HPV (Human papillomavirus). This virus can enter your body through tiny cuts, breaks or other weak spots often found on the bottom of your feet.
How to Prevent Plantar Warts
Follow these tips to reduce the risk of plantar warts for your child:
• Make sure your kids understand touching the warts with their hands can spread them.
• If they do touch a planter wart, immediately wash their hands carefully with soap and water.
• Keep your kids' feet clean and dry with fresh socks and alternating pairs of shoes. Breathable shoes, which are always important for foot health and to reduce foot odor, are especially effective in this case.
• Get your child shoes or sandals that can be worn in public showers or around swimming pools.
The majority of plantar warts are no cause for serious alarm, and can often go away without treatment, however, some plantar warts need the help of a doctor or chiropodist.
The chiropodist at Parkway Back and Foot Pain Clinic can also remove warts through surgery or by freezing them.