The plantar wart not only creates an aesthetic problem for its “owner", but is also the most painful kind of growths on the body. Such neoplasms are deployed on the soles of the feet, which is the reason for their name. Outwardly resemble dried corn or “corns”.
However, they have their own characteristics:
- Size: from one to two centimeters in diameter;
- Spherical shape;
- A whitish color that becomes dirty gray over time;
- Increased pain as the growth increases;
- Possible development of the inflammatory process in adjacent tissues.
Causes of the appearance of warts on the foot
The main cause of neoplasms in the foot is human papillomavirus (HPV) infection. When it enters the blood, HPV is embedded in the DNA of epithelial cells, provoking their rapid growth. Depending on the strain of papillomavirus that affects the body, warts appear that differ in appearance and are located in different parts of the body.
The main route of infection is contact or household. The first involves infection through direct contact with an infected person, the second – the use of common hygiene items (soap, washcloth, towel), wearing someone else's shoes, visiting the pool or bath without rubber shale.
However, infection with papillomavirus does not immediately manifest itself in the form of skin rashes. A distinctive feature of HPV is its long-term incubation period. A person may not suspect infection for several months, and sometimes years.
The transition of the virus into the active phase is associated with a weakening of the body's defenses due to:
- A viral or bacterial disease;
- Long-term use of steroid or antibacterial drugs;
- Exacerbations of chronic diseases;
- Changes in the hormonal background (during puberty, during pregnancy, lactation);
- Diseases of the endocrine system;
- Physical or emotional stress.
Is it worth it to remove
To many, the wart that appears seems to be a minor problem, which there is neither time nor desire to deal with. It should be understood that such a neoplasm is an epithelial tissue that has grown due to infection with papillomavirus. And each of its cells carries the HPV gene. Therefore, the removal of the growth is not only cosmetic, but also a medical necessity.
A feature of the growth on the sole is its growth in depth. This also causes pain during walking. Growing, the growth compresses the nerve endings, they get pinched, which causes pain.
Also, non-removed plantar formations can cause the spread of wart rashes to other parts of the body. The most serious complication is degeneration into bone marrow, causing incredible pain when walking. A person with such a growth becomes disabled.
The only way to prevent the occurrence of such complications is to consult a specialist at an early stage of the disease.
Modern medical centers are ready to offer patients the latest ways to combat plantar growths. These include:
- Radio wave therapy;
- Laser destruction;
- Freezing with liquid nitrogen;
- Surgical excision of the growth.
Laser destruction is one of the most effective methods of dealing with warts on the soles of the feet.
How does a laser wart burn out
The first significant stage of treatment is the selection of a specialized clinic in which the procedure for laser removal of the growth will be performed. It is better to give preference to a licensed medical center with a good reputation, rather than a beauty salon. A license to provide medical services is the key to professional manipulation by experienced qualified specialists.
At the first visit to the clinic, the doctor will conduct an examination and prescribe the necessary studies. Such tests will help to exclude oncogenicity of the neoplasm, as well as give the doctor an idea of the size of the growth, the depth of damage to the skin. Based on the studies, the specialist decides on the use of a carbodioxide or erbium laser, as well as the parameters of the manipulation.
The action of the erbium laser is due to the evaporation of neoplasm tissue in layers. The carbodioxide laser coagulates the growth capillaries, as a result of which it prevents the spread of HPV cells in the epithelium.
The next stage of laser therapy is local anesthesia, which prevents any discomfort during the procedure. Therefore, the patient can be calm: it will not hurt!
After anesthesia, the direct effect of the laser beam on the neoplasm and its roots begins. This allows for one procedure to completely remove the growth and prevent a relapse of the disease.
Laser removal of plantar warts ends with the recommendations of the specialist who conducted the procedure on the rules for caring for damaged skin in the postoperative period.
The Pros and Cons of Laser Plantar Wart Removal
Modern medical centers offer various ways to deal with warts on the soles of the feet. But it is laser destruction, according to patients and doctors, is in first place the best methods of getting rid of a warty disease. This is because:
- The procedure is performed using local anesthesia, so the patient does not experience discomfort;
- There is no direct contact of the working surface of the laser apparatus with the patient’s skin, which means that the risk of secondary infection at the site of a remote neoplasm is eliminated;
- The coagulating effect on the capillaries of the laser beam prevents the occurrence of bleeding;
- The ability to control the depth and power of exposure allows you to remove the growth in one procedure;
- Easy and painless regeneration process;
- The ability to send a distance education for histological examination;
- The minimum number of cases of adverse reactions;
- Point exposure to a laser beam minimizes the risk of damage to healthy tissues;
- The procedure for removing the growth will take only a few minutes;
- Minimizing the risk of recurrence of rashes.
Despite all the advantages of laser destruction, there are contraindications for the procedure:
- High blood pressure;
- Acute respiratory disease;
- Exacerbation of herpes infection;
- Cancerous disease;
At the site of the reduced growth, a crust is formed of gore and lymph. It is important to wait for her spontaneous departure. Do not peel or scrape off the crust. This can lead to infection and suppuration of the wound.
The main condition for a quick and successful recovery is to minimize the load on the leg and the exclusion of contact with water. If you notice a scar on the place of the fallen crust, do not worry. Within a short amount of time, the skin will completely recover and it will disappear.
Considering that to completely get rid of the wart you will need only one laser destruction procedure, its cost is quite affordable. Medical treatment, whose effectiveness is much lower than the laser, will not cost much, take much longer and may cause unnecessary complications.