Plantar Warts are a serious condition that are generally brought about by a virus which can be spread easily through the skin when there is a break or cut that’s become moist. Children are barefoot a great amount of the time for developmental reasons and can catch viruses on their feet from other children in playgrounds, locker rooms or other similar areas. Kids also have a lowered ability to fight off infections and are more susceptible than adults. Children can feel pain when walking with this condition since plantar warts will appear on the bottom of their feet. Since children rely on their feet to a great extent, this condition can become annoying and may get in the way of an active lifestyle. Appropriate and fast treatment are the key to avoiding pain from this condition for children.
Treatment for this condition includes:
- Cryotherapy, which is a procedure where freezing is used to get rid of this condition.
- Chemical treatments that may be over the counter and apply as ointments to burn off warts. This form of treatment, however, may not be as effective as freezing but may be easier to obtain.
- When the above-described methods are not successful, surgical procedures via electrical cauterizing or laser may be required to provide lasting results. These procedures must, however, be performed by a podiatrist to remove the wart and may require anesthesia since there may be more pain with these when compared to freezing or chemical based therapies.
This condition can be a hindrance to anyone but can be especially troublesome for children. At the Foot and Ankle Centers of North Houston, located in Northwest Houston (281) 444-4114, Northeast Houston (281) 446-7773, Tomball (281) 351-8866, Liberty Dayton (936) 336-2633, The Woodlands (936) 231-8500 and Atascocita (281) 883-4849, TX, our team is committed to helping you and your children overcome plantar warts so that your feet can proceed with walking in a pain-free manner. Please make an appointment with our offices at any of the numbers provided above so that your children can play outside without this impediment.