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David Guhl, DPM
Amy Miller-Guhl, DPM
20700 Watertown Rd
Ste 200
Waukesha, WI 53186





From fairy tales to horror stories, warts have often been used to represent something to be hated or feared. Maybe this is the reason that most people try to hide them, or have them removed (unlike historical figure Oliver Cromwell, who requested that his portrait be painted “warts and all!”) The common variety usually does not represent a threat to your health, but they are contagious, and can be painful – both good reasons to deal with them now.

Your Feet Are Not Immune

Common warts are small growths of soft tissue that often appear on your hands or fingers. This type is usually round and dome-shaped with a rough surface and brownish-gray color. When they form on the bottom of your feet, they are called plantar warts. This type is flatter and composed of layers of hard skin resembling a callus. They may have tiny black dots on the surface, which are clotted tiny blood vessels. Often the hard flat skin is just the cover and the actual growth has penetrated more deeply into the tissue.

How Did I Get That Bump Under My Foot?

These growths are caused by human papillomavirus (HPV). There are over 100 types of this virus, but only certain ones which cause warts on the soles of your feet. The HPV invades a small break in the skin and causes the layers of skin tissue to grow, forming that hard spot that you see, or more often feel when you put pressure on it. Sometimes the pain can be quite sharp and curtail your ability to walk normally. The affected tissue is very contagious, so if you touch it – yours or someone else’s – you should wash your hands carefully before touching anything else, including other parts of your body. The virus spreads easily among those who share razors, towels or other personal items. One reason that children and teens seem to be more susceptible to this condition may be that children don’t always remember to practice these precautions.

Is There an Effective Treatment for These Growths?

If yours is not serious, you can try home remedies like salicylic acid or duct tape. If these methods do not help, or if the growth is more extensive and painful, contact Waukesha Foot Specialists for an evaluation. We can offer further treatment options, such as prescription medication, a shot into the growth, freezing it, or removing it with curettage, laser, or electro surgery. Getting professional help is especially important if you have diabetes. Any injury to the foot can have dire consequences for diabetic patients because of attendant problems like poor circulation or neuropathy.

If you are tired of feeling like you are walking with a pebble or a nail poking the ball of your foot, or if you have any other concerns, come and see Dr. David Guhl & Dr. Amy Miller-Guhl. We will diagnose your foot problem, and set you on the course for healing. Call (262) 544-0700 today, and get back to great foot health!



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20700 Watertown Rd.
Waukesha, WI 53186

Foot Specialists - Waukesha, David Guhl, DPM, Amy Miller-Guhl, DPM, 20700 Watertown Rd, Waukesha WI, 53186 262-544-0700