22 Sep Plantar Warts are Over-Diagnosed: Get the Right Diagnosis Today
There are many types of skin conditions and even many types of warts. Seeing a dermatologist for any skin condition is the best way to ensure not only a correct diagnosis but a fast and effective treatment. Unfortunately, plantar warts are especially over-diagnosed, particularly by non-dermatologists. Plantar warts look like a dark, circular callus on the plantar (bottom) of the foot. However, there are a lot of skin conditions that can cause a callus on the bottom of the foot. For instance, a plugged gland is a lot more common than a wart.
Warts are a highly contagious viral infection. People get plantar warts by stepping barefoot where viral particles are sitting. Human Papillomavirus (HPV) particles are fragile, but they can thrive for a long time in wet areas. That’s why locker rooms and pool changing rooms are especially common places to pick up plantar warts.
Plantar warts look like a callus, but there is just one potential cause. Many people have callused feet simply because this part of the skin withstands a lot of pressure and needs to “toughen up.” A bone out of position can also cause a callus. Plus, we have thousands of sweat glands, and any of them can get plugged and cause excess pressure. With so many ways the bottom of the foot can become callused, how can you tell what the issue is?
What’s Causing A Callus
A biopsy is the only definitive way to figure out what’s causing a callus. This might be recommended if the callus looks unusual. However, a skin specialist—or dermatologist—can correctly identify and treat most calluses without needing a biopsy. Dermatologists are specially trained in issues related to the skin and have undergone years of extensive additional training that other types of doctors have not. Spectrum Dermatology is home to the official “Top Doc” in the area for the past three years.
If you do have a wart (or any other type of skin condition), treatments are available. Destroying the infected skin with a special ointment, a very minor surgical removal, or using radio waves can all be effective in removing plantar warts.
Schedule Your Next Consultation With Spectrum Dermatology
Warts aren’t dangerous, but they can be stubborn, annoying, and painful on certain areas of the foot. Call Spectrum Dermatology for all your skin issues and concerns at 480-948-8400.