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Walking on Healthy Feet: Tips for Avoiding Warts with Dr. R. Scott Johnston, D.P.M. of Heel and Toe Podiatry in Perrysburg

Welcome back to our podiatry blog! Today, we're going to discuss a common foot ailment that can be a real nuisance: warts. Warts are caused by a viral infection in the skin, typically the human papillomavirus (HPV). While they're usually harmless, they can be unsightly and uncomfortable, especially when they develop on the soles of your feet. Fortunately, there are steps you can take to avoid getting warts in the first place. Let's explore some tips to keep your feet wart-free.

Practice Good Hygiene: One of the simplest ways to prevent warts is to maintain good foot hygiene. Wash your feet daily with soap and water, especially after being in public places like swimming pools or gym locker rooms where the virus may be present. Keeping your feet clean can help reduce your risk of coming into contact with the HPV virus.

Wear Shower Shoes: When using communal showers or walking around pool areas, always wear shower shoes or sandals. These protective barriers can prevent direct contact between your feet and the virus that causes warts. Additionally, avoid sharing towels or other personal items with individuals who have warts, as this can spread the infection.

Keep Your Feet Dry: Moist environments create ideal conditions for the HPV virus to thrive. To reduce your risk of developing warts, keep your feet clean and dry, especially between your toes. Change out of damp socks and shoes promptly, and opt for moisture-wicking socks to help keep your feet dry throughout the day.

Avoid Walking Barefoot in Public Areas: Walking barefoot in public places, such as gyms, locker rooms, and communal showers, increases your exposure to the HPV virus. Even seemingly clean surfaces can harbor the virus, putting you at risk of infection. Wear shoes or flip-flops in these environments to minimize direct contact with contaminated surfaces.

Don't Pick at Warts: If you do develop a wart, resist the urge to pick or scratch at it. Not only can this be painful, but it can also spread the virus to other parts of your body or to other people. Instead, cover the wart with a bandage to prevent direct contact and seek treatment from a podiatrist to safely remove the wart.

Strengthen Your Immune System: A strong immune system can help your body fight off the HPV virus more effectively. Maintain a healthy lifestyle by eating a balanced diet, getting regular exercise, managing stress, and getting enough sleep. Additionally, consider incorporating immune-boosting foods and supplements, such as vitamin C and zinc, into your diet to support your body's natural defenses.

While warts are a common and often benign foot condition, they can be bothersome and unsightly. By following these simple tips for wart prevention, you can reduce your risk of developing warts and keep your feet healthy and happy. If you do notice any suspicious growths or changes on your feet, don't hesitate to consult with a podiatrist for proper evaluation and treatment. Remember, taking care of your feet is an essential part of overall wellness. Stay proactive and step forward with confidence on your journey to optimal foot health!

Dr. Johnston is available at our Perrysburg office:

  Tuesday 8am - 4:30pm

  Wednesday 8am - 12pm

  Friday: 8am - 1pm

Heel and Toe Podiatry

1021 Sandusky St. Suite A

Perrysburg, OH


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