What Are Plantar Warts?
Plantar Warts Snapshot
- Commonly occurring in children
- Waterborne virus
- Can be very painful
- Easily treatable with conservative treatment
- Can often be misdiagnosed as corns or callus
Causes of Plantar Warts
Papillomavirus virus found around pools, spas, showers, puddles, saunas etc
Transmitted through water and a small break/porous aspect on the skin surface
Plantar Warts Symptoms
Single of multiple lesions found on the plantar surface of the foot
Black dots in the center, as warts have their own blood supply
Pain from side to side squeezing, as opposed to direct pressure
Skin lines run around the lesion, not through
Treatment for Plantar Warts
This depends on age, gender, medical status of the patient and the number, site and classification of the lesion.
Stronger topical medications, such as salicylic acid
Freezing the wart (cryotherapy)
Burning the wart (electrocautery)
Laser treatment or dry needling for difficult to remove lesions
Customised soft offloading insoles to take the pressure off and ease the pain
Over the counter remedies (however the skin on the sole of the foot is thicker than the skin on the rest of the body, so may need specific treatment to be effective)
It is a good idea to speak to your podiatrist at Well Heeled Podiatry before deciding on any treatment options, as certain treatment can cause scarring and unwanted side effects.
If you have diabetes or a weakened immune system (for example, HIV) and have developed plantar warts, speak to your podiatrist before undertaking any type of treatment.
DO NOT attempt to remove a wart yourself by burning, cutting, tearing, picking, or any other method.
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