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By Mid-Michigan Foot & Ankle Center
October 19, 2018
Category: Foot Conditions
Tags: warts  

What Causes Warts?

Got foot warts? Nearly everyone will have a wart at some point in their lives. Warts are typically small, hard skin growths caused by an infection with humanpallilloma virus. Foot warts are treatable. Foot warts are among the most common dermatologic conditions podiatrists treat. Read on to learn about the causes of warts.

An HPV Infection

Common warts are caused by by an HPV infection. Over 100 types of HPV exist. Certain types of HPV infection cause cervical cancer. Some types of HPV infection cause foot warts, while others cause warts that appear on the face, neck, or hands. Of the 100 types of HPV, about 60 cause common warts on areas such as the hands or feet.

Skin-To-Skin Contact

Wart viruses are contagious. You can get foot warts from skin-to-skin contact with people who have warts. However, not all HPV strains are highly contagious. You can get the wart virus by touching an object that another person's wart touched, such as clothing, towels, shoes, or exercise equipment.

Breaks in Your Skin

HPV infects the top layer of skin and usually enters the body in an area of damaged or cut skin. Cuts from shaving can provide an avenue for infection. Getting a scrape can also bring on common warts. Foot warts are very common in swimmers whose feet are scratched by rough pool surfaces.

A Weak Immune System

In most cases, your immune system defeats an HPV infection before it creates a wart. Someone with a weakened immune system is more vulnerable and therefore more likely to develop warts. Immune systems can be weakened by HIV or by immunosuppressant drugs used after organ transplants.

If you want to get rid of foot warts, see your podiatrist as soon as possible. Many types of effective wart treatments are available. They include salicylic acid, cantharidin, cryotherapy, laser treatment, and surgery. Your podiatrist can help you get rid of foot warts once and for all!

By Mid-Michigan Foot & Ankle Center
April 12, 2018
Category: Foot Conditions
Tags: warts   podiatrist   contagious   virus   remove   manageable  

As the nice weather slowly begins to make its appearance, it is tempting to bring out all of the open-toe shoe options that are available in your closet. These open-style shoes are very fashionable and let your feet feel free in the beautiful weather. You are less likely to sweat in them and get blisters, but they do show off your entire foot. That means the wart that you got not too long after you hit the gym a month ago is sitting out in the open and is hard to ignore. Now that you have the wart, you are probably trying to recall all the information you ever heard about them. Which myth is true and which is false? Read on to learn the truth about that pesky wart.

Myth: Warts are contagious. This myth is indeed true. Warts are caused by a virus that is spread from skin to skin contact. This virus can also be left behind on floors and other surfaces that bare feet touch. Public showers, pools, and gyms are all places where the wart virus loves to grow due to its damp, humid atmosphere.

Myth: Warts can cause cancer. This statement is false. A typical wart that you find on your feet is benign.

Myth: A podiatrist cannot remove a wart. This myth is completely false. A podiatrist is a highly skilled foot doctor who regularly treats patients who suffer from warts. Part of this treatment involves removing the wart from the foot. Most often, liquid nitrogen is used to freeze off the wart during an office visit.

Myth:  Warts don’t come back after being removed. This is, unfortunately, completely false.  There is no cure for the warts virus. This virus is only manageable and requires the patient to regularly examine their feet to be sure that no warts are afflicting the feet. Warts can be prevented with frequent handwashing and cleansing of the feet with warm water and anti-bacterial soap.

If you are suffering from a wart, you do not have to live with it forever. Visit our office and have it removed by a highly trained podiatrist. Call Dr. Andrew H. Cohen of Mid-Michigan Foot & Ankle Center, located in Saginaw and Bay City, Michigan. Call 989-790-8009 or make an appointment online today. Not only will you receive quality treatment, you will also learn about your warts.

By Mid-Michigan Foot & Ankle Center
October 11, 2017
Category: Foot Care

A podiatrist sees hundreds of patients every year. They treat a range of issues from fungus to diabetic feet. Podiatrists are highly trained individuals who focus solely on the feet and the best way to treat them. They are the experts regarding preventative measures for your feet. Here are 7 tips recommended by podiatrists to help you prevent some foot problems.

  1. Look at your feet – Examine your feet every day. If you notice any small change that doesn’t seem right, keep track of it. Swelling, redness, tingling, burning, sores, warts and other symptoms can lead to much larger problems later on. A call to the podiatrist can save you from a severe disorder or treat a mild one.
  2. Wear the right shoes – Podiatrists see so many people wearing the wrong shoes for their feet. Some of these shoes simply don’t fit. Other shoes are not designed with your foot in mind and can cause a lot more harm than good. A good rule of thumb is, if the shoe doesn’t feel good immediately when you try it on, then it isn’t the right shoe for you. Avoid shoes that are too loose, too restrictive, have a heel, or have no stability and arch support. If you still have questions regarding your footwear, call Dr. Andrew H. Cohen at 989-790-8009 or make an appointment online to talk about long term shoe options.
  3. Pay attention to your children’s feet too! – Your kid’s feet are extremely important. Not only does a foot problem affect them negatively due to pain, it can also prevent them from properly walking or partaking in other activities later on in life. Kids are more likely to get warts, athletes foot, and have nail issues. If you see any signs of these, contact Mid-Michigan Foot & Ankle Center located in Saginaw and Bay City, Michigan.
  4. Get your kids shoes right – Your kid’s shoes need to fit correctly. Shoes that are too tight or too loose can impact them negatively. Also, kid’s feet grow very fast! You should check their shoe size regularly so that they are wearing the shoe that is correctly sized for their feet.
  5. Be sure to cut toenails straight across in order to prevent ingrown toenails.
  6. Do not use over the counter medicine without consulting a doctor.
  7. Be sure to warm up before exercising so that your muscles do not strain.

If you have any foot or ankle injuries call our office so that we can lead you to a healthie

By Step into Spring, Leave the Warts Behind
March 09, 2017
Category: Foot Conditions
Tags: warts   papillomavirus  

Mid-Michigan Foot & Ankle Center specializes in quality foot care and our staff is ready to help. Here are some simple questions our office recommends if you suspect you have a wart on any part of your foot. 


What is a Plantar Wart?

A plantar wart is a benign skin growth caused by a viral infection on the top layer of the skin. They can be hard and flat, black or brown and mostly show up on the soles of the feet.  Although they are rather harmless and usually go away on their own, they can still be painful. 


What causes a Plantar Wart?

A virus called human papillomavirus (HPV) is transmitted through cuts and bruises and becomes highly contagious. It spreads through public pools, showers and sharing athletic shoes or going barefoot in the gym. 


What are the Symptoms?

Pain on the bottom of the feet while walking is usually the first sign. If you see your skin hardening or thickening around the affected area you should call our office for an appointment.


What type of natural remedies can I try?

  • Tea tree oil – message on the wart a couple of times a day
  • Apple cider vinegar – soak a cotton ball in the cider and apply to the wart then cover with band aid and let sit overnight
  • Lemon essential oil – apply a few drops a day for a week
  • Aloe Vera gel - apply generously several times a day and cover with a band aid until the wart dries off
  • Cold water – soak in cold water for 15 minutes a day and dry properly
  • Podophyllin – a naturopathic ointment.

What type of preventive approaches can I use?

  • Cover your cuts or bruises -  this keeps infection out
  • Don’t touch too often – this could cause the infection to spread
  • Wear dry and clean socks – wash or change socks ever day
  • No sharing personal items – do not use socks or towels that others have used 
  • Avoid going barefoot – walking barefoot is an open door to contracting a virus in public places 
  • Keep your feet dry – if your feet are wet or moist too long a virus can grow

If your preventative efforts have failed or you have tried natural remedies and your wart is being stubborn and won’t go away, you may need to have it removed.  Schedule an appointment with either our Saginaw office at 989-790-8009 or our Essexville office at 989-893-5000 and Dr. Andrew H. Cohen will get your feet in shape for Spring.