Although warts can develop in any patient of any age, at Paul S. DeMarco, DPM, we most often see them in children and adolescents. The most common type of wart is the plantar wart which is caused by coming in direct contact with the human papilloma virus (HPV).
What to Look For
Warts appear as a thickened patch of skin, sometimes with tiny black dots in the center. While they can develop anywhere on the foot, they usually are found on the bottom. One solitary wart may appear or there may be a cluster of several warts, known as mosaic warts. Warts can grow in size and multiply. Your child may complain of pain when standing or walking. Warts grow deep into the skin and the pressure from bearing weight can cause pain and discomfort.
Our board certified foot and ankle surgeon, Dr. Paul S. DeMarco will determine the best treatment for your child’s wart after examining the foot and taking a complete medical history. There are a number of treatment options available, including: topical ointments, laser therapy, acid treatment, freezing (cryotherapy) and oral medications. In some cases warts will go away without treatment. You should never attempt to remove your child’s warts by doing your own “bathroom surgery” or through “folk remedies,” as these can be dangerous and lead to infection and injury. Warts can be challenging to treat because they can grow, shrink and even return after completing treatment.
You can help prevent your child from getting warts by making sure they wear flip flops or shower shoes when walking in damp public places that harbor bacteria and viruses, such as community pools, gyms, locker rooms and camp showers. Also, tell your child not to put on other children’s socks or shoes.
If you have questions or concerns about your child’s feet, make an appointment at our Somers Point office by calling (609) 927-4894.