At the risk of going out on a limb, we boldly proclaim that our upcoming winter will have either no snow, a ton of snow, or something in between!
(We love caring for our patients, but perhaps weather forecasting was our true calling!!)
(Maybe not so much.)
Actually, the forecasts for this winter are a bit contradictory, so who knows what’s going to happen? What we do know is that if staying physically active is important to you—and we hope it is! —there’s a chance you may have to consider moving your workouts indoors as winter approaches, especially if you’re an avid runner or cyclist (or outdoor swimmer).
If you are able to make it to the gym on a regular basis this winter, you may emerge in the spring with something more than just a healthy body – there’s a chance you also have an unsightly or painful wart on the bottom of your foot!
Why is that? Well, you’ll have to find out below because we’re tackling myths about warts today. Let’s see which ones hold up:
- Myth #1 – Warts are caused by toads. Even though toads have similar-looking bumps on their bodies, you can hold a toad all day long and not be at greater risk of growing a wart than you otherwise would. (We advise against doing so, however, because you’ll just have an annoyed toad on your hands...not that we’ve tried this or anything.) A particular virus—human papillomavirus (HPV)—is the real culprit behind warts, not toads!
- Myth #2 – Warts cannot be prevented. There are definitely steps you can take to decrease your risk of developing a wart. We mentioned working out indoors because the strains of HPV that commonly cause warts can often be found in locker rooms and shower areas of health clubs and indoor pools. Not to fear, though! If you wear sandals or shower shoes and don’t borrow anyone else’s towel, you will lower your risk.
- Myth #3 – Warts have roots. These viral growths only develop on the top layer of your skin. This particular myth is likely a result of the black root-like things you can see through the translucent surface or after having had one removed. What you are actually seeing is dried blood found in tiny blood vessels (capillaries) – not roots.
- Myth #4 – Warts are dangerous. In reality, warts are usually benign (harmless) and will typically go away on their own. It is important to note that it might take up to a couple of years before a wart disappears, but we can expedite the process for you.
When you need professional treatment for warts on your feet, our Bloomington, IL office is ready to help! Heartland Foot and Ankle Associates is proud to consistently serve our community with the high-quality care you’ve come to expect from our practice.Don’t suffer from the pain and discomfort that can accompany a poorly-placed plantar wart! Call us today at (309) 661-9975 or contact us online right now!