preventing plantar warts | Las Vegas podiatrist

Las Vegas Podiatrist Dr. Pardis Kelly Shares Helpful Tips to Prevent Plantar Warts 

Plantar warts can be a nuisance to deal with. These warts, caused by the human papillomavirus (HPV), typically develop on the soles of the feet and can cause discomfort or pain, especially when walking. However, with the right preventative measures, your risk of developing plantar warts can be significantly reduced. At Las Vegas Footcare, Dr. Pardis Kelly helps patients prevent plantar warts. 

1. Avoid Walking Barefoot in Vulnerable Areas

One of the easiest ways to contract plantar warts is by walking barefoot, especially in public places. Small scratches or cuts on the bottom of your feet can act as gateways for the virus. It's particularly important to wear shoes in areas like locker rooms, public pools, and showers, where the risk of coming into contact with the virus is higher.

2. Practice Good Hygiene With Personal Items

Warts can spread through direct contact. Avoid touching warts, either on yourself or others. This rule extends to personal items as well; avoid using nail clippers, emery boards, or files on healthy skin if they've been used on infected areas. Keeping two separate sets for infected and non-infected skin is a wise practice.

3. Handle Warts With Care

Resist the urge to touch or pick at warts. This can not only worsen the condition but also lead to the virus spreading to other parts of your body, including under the nails, where it becomes more challenging to treat. If you accidentally touch a wart, wash your hands thoroughly afterward.

4. Keep Infected Areas Dry

Moist environments can promote the growth of warts. If you have a wart, try to keep the area as dry as possible. This can be particularly challenging for feet, which are prone to sweating. However, wearing breathable socks and shoes can help.

5. Disinfect Potentially Contaminated Surfaces

Regularly washing any body part that may have come into contact with a source of infection is essential. Use a disinfecting soap to reduce the risk of the virus spreading.