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Think You Know Warts? Think Again!

It’s very common to suddenly notice an unsightly or painful wart on the bottom of your foot. There are many myths that persist about these bumpy growths. Why is that?  Who knows, but let’s tackle these myths and see which ones hold up.

Myth #1 — Warts are caused by toads. Even though toads have similar-looking bumps on their bodies, you can hold a toad all day long and not be at greater risk of growing a wart than you otherwise would (We advise against doing so; however, because you’ll just have an annoyed toad on your hands... not that we’ve tried this or anything). A particular virus — human papillomavirus (HPV) — is the real culprit behind warts, not toads!

Myth #2 — Warts cannot be prevented. There are definitely steps you can take to decrease your risk of developing a wart. The strains of HPV that commonly cause warts can often be found in locker rooms and shower areas of health clubs and indoor pools. Not to fear, though! If you wear sandals or shower shoes and don’t borrow anyone else’s towel, you will lower your risk.

Myth #3 — Warts have roots. These viral growths only develop on the top layer of your skin. This particular myth is likely a result of the black root-like things you can see through the translucent surface or after having had one removed. What you are actually seeing is dried blood found in tiny blood vessels — not roots.

Myth #4 — Warts are dangerous. In reality, warts are usually harmless and will typically go away on their own. However, it is important to note that this might take up to a couple of years before a wart disappears. Thankfully, you don’t have to wait that long, as professional treatment from a podiatrist can speed up the wart removal process.

For more information regarding any foot problem, please contact Dr. Lockwood at Heartland Foot and Ankle Associates, at 309-661-9975 or heartlandfootandankle.com. Their office is located at 10 Heartland Dr. in Bloomington.


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