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- Hard, flat growths on the soles of the feet
- Heaped-up calluses surrounding the wart surfaces
- Pain in the area of the warts
- For recurrent warts
- For those that fail to respond to initial treatment
- When over-the-counter therapies are not well-tolerated
- When the diagnosis is unclear
- Cryotherapy—freezing the warts to kill the virus
- Laser treatment—using a laser to kill the virus and destroy wart tissue
- Electrocautery treatment—burning the wart
- Hyperthermia treatment—applying heat to kill the virus
- Surgical removal—cutting out the warts (with anesthetic)
- Immune therapy—application of substances that stimulate the immune system’s response to the wart-causing virus
- Avoid walking barefoot, except on sandy beaches.
- Wear plastic sandals when showering in public bathrooms.
- Change your shoes and socks daily.
- Keep your feet clean and dry.
- Avoid direct contact with warts, either from other people or from other parts of the body.
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American Podiatric Medical Association http://www.apma.org
About Kids Health—The Hospital for Sick Children http://www.aboutkidshealth.ca
Canadian Podiatric Medical Association http://www.podiatrycanada.org
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Warts. American Podiatric Medical Association website. Available at: http://www.apma.org/learn/FootHealth.cfm?ItemNumber=989. Accessed September 4, 2014.
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- Reviewer: Purvee S. Shah, MD
- Review Date: 08/2014 -
- Update Date: 09/10/2012 -
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