Heel Pain Treatment
Credit: By Lamiot (Own work) [GFDL (http://www.gnu.org/copyleft/fdl.html) or CC-BY-SA-3.0-2.5-2.0-1.0 (http://creativecommons.org/licenses/by-sa/3.0)], via Wikimedia CommonsPain in heel of foot can most times squarely be blamed on the existence of plantar warts. These warts, like any other of the 4 types of warts, namely common, flat, genital and plantar, are all caused by different strains of the human papillomavirus, aka HPV.
Infection with the virus which results in plantar warts almost always take place when feet are exposed to the virus which flourishes in those warm, moist areas commonly found in open facilities like swimming pools, locker rooms, saunas and gymnasiums. The warts develop on the bottom of the foot, known as the plantar area. These warts can afflict anyone; it is however most commonly found in children of ages ranging from twelve to sixteen years old.
The infection has an incubation period which can take months to years to manifest as planters warts. Infection is greatly dependent on some "aiding" conditions, for instance:
- does the skin have cracks, scrapes and/or cuts?
- how immune is the individual's body to infections?
- are public facilities habitually used?
What causes plantar warts?
The infection takes place when the virus enters the skin through the openings of cuts, scrapes, etc. The immunity of the body is too weak to fight off the infection; this could be due to recent illness or medication. The risk of getting infected is much greater when public places are often visited.
What are the symptoms of plantar warts?
Plantar warts are generally self-limiting in people with a healthy immune sytem. When the warts are not treated it can cause severe pain in the heel or ball of the foot. The pain is caused by warts which are growing inwards into the foot below a callous layer of the skin. This inward growth is the result of continous pressure on infected feet whilst walking, running and standing. The ingrown warts are infamous for causing severe pain and discomfort.
Neglecting to treat plantar warts can cause the infection to spread to other parts of the foot, producing even more warts. Plantar warts appear in different forms described as follows:
- disconnected warts on bottom of the footCredit: By Lynes225 (Own work) [Public domain], via Wikimedia Commons
- pairs of warts touching where two of the toes and/or any of the toes and the ball of the foot meet
- clusters of warts are known as mosaic warts, and these appear as large lesions
- a smooth gray or yellow surface on the planar area of the foot.
- bad posture can cause pain in the back and feet
- warts that have the appearance of pins with black heads (these are hardened blood vessels)
- lesions which split off the normal lines on the epidermis of the foot.
Heel pain treatment
Treating plantar warts is contrary to what many believe, quite simple and generally very effective. One of the most versatile and adequate treatments is salicylic acid. When using this treatment method, take note of the following:
- the selected product must have a concentration of up to 40% salicylic acid to ensure sufficient power to treat the wart
- use some of the product on the infected area on your foot. If there is no bad reaction after 24 hours, you can safely use as remedy
- before applying the acid you need to soak the wart in warm water to soften it. Use an emery board and file away loose skin. While the wart is still moist apply the salicylic acid. The acid penetrates the wart much better than when the wart is dry. Use a little bit of petroleum jelly on the skin area around the wart to prevent the acid from getting on the healthy skin.
- cover the wart with a dressing. The dressing cuts off any air to the wart, essentially killing it, and also curbs soreness and sensitivity.
- you need to diligently follow this process every three to four days until the wart clears up.
Pain in heel of foot can hurt to the point of impacting an individual's everyday pursuits. Despite the fact that a home remedy may be adequate, it is necessary to see a skin doctor for a better diagnosis and an official declaration that the warts are fully treated.