Pool rules: Warding off warts

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Kids create many wonderful memories during the summer, including time spent at the pool. While they’re playing with their friends and cooling off from the heat, they are often unaware of a nuisance that may appear later: plantar warts. The doctors at the Foot and Ankle Centers of North Houston want to remind your family about two more pool rules that can protect your feet.  

Plantar warts are a form of the common wart, which is caused by a viral infection that has affected the skin. Plantar warts get their name from where they are found — the bottom of the foot, which is called the plantar aspect of the foot. These warts either appear as single, small warts or in a cluster-like formation known as mosaic warts. They can also be painful.  

What are two pool rules that your children should keep in mind?  

Dry your feet

Feet that are moist and sweaty seem like the norm for the summer, but don’t let your feet stay this way. Dry them with a fresh, clean towel and wear the proper footwear to allow your feet to breathe. Here’s a tip: When your child is leaving the pool, be one step ahead and have a towel and clean pool shoes ready.  

Keep your shoes

It will bring a smile to your face when you see your child sharing with their friends. Swapping shoes is one of those times when sharing may hurt more than help. Warts are contagious. Pool shoes can begin to look alike, but keep an eye on your child’s pair of shoes. Perhaps label them to avoid a mix-up.  

Children experience warts more commonly than adults, but there are many ways to treat them. If you’re in the North Houston community, let us help with this treatable nuisance. We are a board-certified team of podiatrists and surgeons, and you can visit us at the following locations: Northwest Houston, Northeast Houston, Tomball, Liberty Dayton, The Woodlands, Atascocita, Cleveland, and Livingston. You can either make an appointment online or call us at (281) 444-4114.