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Bare Foot Blunders

With Memorial Day right around the corner, the season for going bare foot is here. Unfortunately, going bare foot can be dangerous. Here are some tips for parents from Dr Oliver Zong.

Going bare foot is the easiest way to get a cut or scrape especially during the warm summer months. One hidden danger lurking at the pool, in the locker room, and on the gym floor is bacteria that gets into the blood stream through these tiny cuts in bare feet and causes warts.

“50% of children experience these painful plantar warts at some point in their life,” says board-certified New York City podiatrist Dr. Oliver Zong. Plantar warts are caused by exposure to Human Papilloma Virus or HPV, which thrives in moist warm environments like public pools, showers, and gyms. During the summer months when kids are out playing in the sunshine or walking around the pool, plantar warts are bound to pop up. They are painful, feel spongy, often have dark spots or blood clots in the middle and are extremely difficult to get rid of. Kids are more prone to catch warts then adults as their immune systems are not as prepared to deal with the HPV virus that causes them.

If you find these warts have already taken root on your children’s feet, Dr. Zong does not advise using over the counter medications. Over the counter medications contain chemicals that destroy skin cells and can actually damage the healthy tissue surrounding the wart causing spreading. Instead Dr. Zong recommends his innovative a quick, pain-free treatment with the CryoPen, a rapid nitrogen freezing of the wart with a Q-tip like applicator pen. “The non-invasive, patient-friendly CryoPen is also the most effective cryosurgical technique to remove plantar warts without causing any pain,” says Dr. Zong.

This summer as you pull out the kid’s bathing suits and sunblock, Dr. Oliver Zong also recommends you keep in mind a few simple do’s and don’ts to prevent warts from planting on your kid’s feet.

  • change your children’s shoes and socks daily avoid direct contact with your children’s warts
  • have your kids wear water shoes when at the pool
  • visit a podiatrist if you discover these warts
  • Don’t use over the counter medications that can possibly spread warts
  • Don’t let you kids walk barefoot in public areas
  • Don’t let your child share shoes or flip flops with other children

According to Dr. Zong, if parents follow a few simple prevention tips they can help manage the spread of plantar warts.

. Oliver Zongis a podiatrist in Manhattan’s influential Financial District. As one of the premier cosmetic foot surgeons in the country, he serves as the Director of Surgery at NYC Foot Care and is on the Board of Directors at Gramercy Park Surgery Center. Besides traditional and cosmetic foot surgery, Dr. Zong is also an accomplished cryosurgeon and co-founder of the Podiatric Cryosurgery Center of New York. He is an attending physician at New York Hospital Downtown, Wyckoff Heights Medical Center, Cabrini Medical Center, and Gramercy Park Surgery Center.  An accomplished foot surgeon, Dr. Zong is credited with coining the terms, “Foot Makeover”, “Foot Facelift”, “The Toe Tuck”, and “High Heel Feet”. For more information please visit