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By Northern Foot and Ankle Center
May 06, 2014
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(Not this type of “Plantar” Wart!)

 Warts…not the kind you associate with frogs, or on the tip of a witch’s nose. Warts on the feet, called Plantar Warts or warts on the hands, Palmer Warts, are all too often connected to children. Did you know that warts are more common with kids than adults? It’s true!
Dr. Daniel Reminga, from Northern Foot Care Center, treats children and is a member of the American College of Foot and Ankle  Pediatrics, the ACFAP is the American Podiatric Medical Associations only recognized group of experts in the subspecialty of  Podopediatrics. Dr. Reminga says, “Kids have a higher likelihood of contracting the virus that cause warts, HPV (human papilloma virus), than adults. Warts appear most often in children and young adults between the ages of 12-16 years old.” Another fact that Dr. Reminga points out is that warts, HPV, are common. So common, that about 25% of the population has a wart or warts at any given time. With kids, 1/3 of those in primary school have them. The good news…most warts are harmless, however, because they are caused by a virus, they are extremely contagious. Not to mention, if you have warts, you know they can cause discomfort and present a nuisance. Dr. Reminga says, “A small percentage of warts can be cancerous and some skin cancers can resemble a wart.” As a result, it is highly recommended that warts be examined right away by a board certified foot and ankle specialist, like Dr. Reminga who has over 28 years of experience diagnosing and treating warts on the hands and feet. The less time a wart is present on the feet or hands, the easier it is to treat and destroy. It’s best not to procrastinate when it comes to having your child’s warts examined by an expert like Dr. Reminga.

A. 2 different strains of virus
B. 25 different strains of virus
C. 1,000 different strains of virus
D. 70 different strains of virus
E. How would I know!

The correct answer: Drum roll…

Dr. Reminga tells us that, “The 70 different strains of virus, that can cause warts, live naturally on the skin. The virus can be transferred  directly by skin to skin contact or indirectly by touching an object that hosts the virus. There are new studies out suggesting that the overall exposure of a child to the virus, HPV, will determine if the child develops warts. Also, if a family member has a wart or has had a wart in the past, this was a greater contributor to the child’s likelihood of getting a wart than contact with the virus in a classroom.” Dr. Reminga continues, “Plantar warts, warts on the feet, can result from something simple like a cut on the skin or walking barefoot in public areas such as locker rooms or public pools. The virus thrives in warm moist areas.

They can be spread by touching, scratching, or coming in contact with the shed skin from a wart. If
the wart bleeds, this is yet another pathway for the virus to spread.” If warts are left untreated they can develop into sizeable lesions that can grow to an inch or more in circumference. Warts can also develop into clusters called mosaic warts.

The appearance of a wart is hard and flat with a texture on the surface with defined borders. Warts that are located on top of the foot have a raised, fleshier appearance.

Dr. Reminga says, “Some warts can be painful and oftentimes they are confused as calluses or corns.”

He continues, “Plantar warts are typically a brown or grey color, the centers appear to have one or more small black pinpoints.

When plantar warts are located on the ball of the foot or the heel, areas that bear weight, they can produce a sharp, burning pain. Whether pressure is placed on top of the wart, or on the side, pain and discomfort can occur. Most often, warts will not go away over time. They can persist and become deeply rooted resistant to treatment.” Dr. Reminga’s treatment protocol for warts on the hands and feet is based on many factors. He will evaluate each patient individually and determine the best course of treatment for that patient. Dr. Reminga, at  Northern Foot Care Center, does not use one specific treatment for warts. He has developed proprietary treatment options for his patients that are not widely utilized. This customization allows for a targeted treatment plan specific to the patients circumstances.

Dr. Reminga does not advise home treatment for warts on the feet and hands. In fact he discourages over-the-counter treatments. Dr. Reminga advises, “Most remedies contain acids or chemicals, these substances can be harmful and destroy skill cells, in the process healthy skin cells can be harmed.” It takes an expert, like Dr. Reminga, to properly destroy abnormal skin cells (warts) and not destroy the surrounding healthy tissue. Dr. Reminga warns, “These self treatments can present real problems for people that have diabetes or those with cardiovascular or circulatory problems. An added danger is when these substances are used in the presence of an active infection.”

Warts on the hands and feet can be treated effectively. It is important to stress that warts should be evaluated by an expert such as Dr. Reminga. In some cases malignant lesion, carcinomas and melanomas can be mistaken for warts if not evaluated properly. Self treatment or self evaluation is not recommended. The sooner warts are evaluated and treated, the better the outcome is for the patient.
Don’t delay in seeking professional help from an experienced, board certified foot and ankle specialist like Dr. Reminga at Northern Foot Care Center.

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