What is a wart?
Plantar warts (papilloma’s or verrucae) form on the bottom of the foot or toes, they are caused by the human papilloma virus (hpv).
Warts are contracted from skin to skin contact (usually a break in the skin for infection to occur). Area’s such as communal changing rooms, swimming pools and surfaces are problematic when it comes to spreading the virus.
Plantar warts do appear like corns, but typically resembles a cauliflower with (nerve and bloody supply).
They can be painful due to pressure or rubbing from the location of the wart on the foot. As all warts are contagious, precautions should be taken to avoid spreading them. These include:
- Cover them with adhesive bandage while swimming.
- Wear protective foot wear when using communal showers.
- If the wart changes shape, colour or causes pain, seek medical attention.
AMA Podiatry recommends that if you have any concerns regarding foot health please speak to one of our skilled podiatrists.
Not all warts require treatment and, in some cases, will clear up without treatment.
Treatments are currently available to remove plantar warts including:
- Salicylic Acid
- Laser Surgery
- Liquid Nitrogen or Cryosurgery
AMA Podiatry has found the most effective treatment for Plantar Warts is Cryotherapy.
Cryotherapy for warts not only kills the wart off at the base but also nullifies the virus, preventing the growth of warts (at least from that virus strain) in the future. Cryosurgery is a straight forward, simple solution that is effective when it is carried out correctly.
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