Use the two-sock method of prevention of such lesions.
c. Prevention of Vesicles/Bullas. Blisters can be prevented. The key to
success is to be sure that you find shoes that fit your feet properly. Next, wear socks
that fit well and practice the two-sock method of keeping the feet dry. Socks will prevent
friction between the skin and shoes, especially when a person is walking or jogging.
2-22. VERRUCAE (PLANTAR WARTS)
These lesions are common benign skin tumors caused by a virus the body has
not been able to fight off. These bumps are spongy, sometimes thickened, and scaly
lesions. Warts can appear anywhere on the skin. They can be particularly painful if
they occur on the soles of the feet because the soles of the feet bear the weight of the
body. The scientific name for a wart is verruca. When the wart occurs on the bottom of
the foot (figure 2-12), the wart is called plantar verruca. This term simply gives the
location of the wart, plantar meaning having to do with the sole of the foot.
a. Types of Plantar Warts. Even on the feet, all warts are not the same.
(1) One type of plantar wart is the single isolated wart. This wart can range
from a tiny dot to a bigger, callused, blotch two to three centimeters in diameter.
(2) The second type of plantar wart is the mother-daughter group. The first
and larger wart is called the "mother," and the warts which appear around this original
wart are sometimes referred to as "daughters."
(3) The third and last type of plantar wart is the mosaic plantar wart. This is
a cluster of many warts grouped together often appearing over the balls of the feet.
Figure 2-12. Plantar wart.