If you have diabetes, your feet are at risk. They are at risk of infection, ulcers, and, in the worst-case scenario, amputation. What might seem like a normal foot problem could actually be the sign of something more serious.
One common foot problem for people with diabetes is plantar warts. These are small callus-like formations on the bottom of your foot. You’ll know it’s a plantar wart and not a corn or callus because it has a small black dot in the middle of the lesion.
Causes of Plantar Warts
A virus that attacks the outer layer of your skin causes plantar warts to form on your feet. The small black dots you see in the middle of the wart connect with your inner layer of skin, which can sometimes make plantar warts very painful.
For people with diabetes, this pain isn’t always felt. That’s because blood flow to the feet is so limited.
Preventing Plantar Warts
As someone with diabetes, the health of your feet is of top priority. Preventing plantar warts will help you avoid other foot conditions. And, of course, warts can also tear open, becoming open wounds that risk further infection.
Here are a few tips to help you keep your feet happy and healthy:
Wash your feet regularly and thoroughly. Proper foot care is critical for people with diabetes. Washing your feet every day with warm water and soap will cleanse your feet of the virus and prevent it from spreading.
Check your feet regularly. While you’re washing your feet, do a visual inspection for any new sores or abnormalities, such as a wart. The sooner you find warts, the easier it is to stop their spread.
Protect your feet. Always wear slippers or socks. This is especially critical in public areas such as the gym shower or public pool. You should also wear protective, supportive shoes that fit well.
Don’t get pedicures. Pedicures might feel nice but they can be unsanitary. Many times the bins are not properly rinsed between customers leaving you at risk of contracting plantar warts from a previous customer.
As soon as you notice any abnormality in your feet, contact a podiatrist. The sooner you seek treatment, the easier it will be to prevent plantar warts and other foot injuries.
Worried that you might have warts? Contact Southern Oregon Foot & Ankle, LLC, today to schedule your appointment for treatment before the condition gets worse.