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Typically, warts on the feet are benign lesions and are most commonly spread during the summer months when people wear shoes and socks less and are in and out of pools, locker rooms and showers regularly. Warts are usually harmless, but they could become infected and are widely considered a cosmetic issue.

Causes
Warts can spread very easily through direct contact or indirectly by using a towel or an object used by someone with warts. Most often warts will appear on hands, knees and feet. Warts of the feet are more prevalent in the summer because of how often people go barefoot, walk on wet floors and share towels around pools.

Methods of Treatment
A doctor may prescribe daily local applications of salicylic acid or lactic acid for wart removal at our Cincinnati podiatrist clinic. Or he or she may use cryotherapy or “freezing” the lesions with liquid nitrogen.

Preventing the Spread
If you have warts on your feet, avoid cutting your toenails if they are affected, wash your hands thoroughly after you touch the warts, wear water shoes, sandals or flip flops in locker rooms, around the pool and in the shower and don’t share any towels, socks or shoes.