What are plantar warts?
Plantar warts (commonly referred to as warts that occur on the sole of the foot) are a growth on the skin that is caused by the Human Papilloma Virus (HPV) infection. This is a slow-growing virus that can be picked up from communal areas such as public showers and pools, and enters your body through a cut or a break in the skin.
Signs and symptoms include:
- A small, rough, grainy lesion that is growing on the sole of the foot (usually on the toes, the ball of the foot or the heel region)
- Black pinpoint spots in the lesion
- Pain when squeezing the outside margins of the wart
- A lesion that interrupts the normal lines and ridges in the skin of your foot
What treatments are available?
Generally, warts will go away on their own, but plantar warts often require active treatment because they can be very painful based on their location on the sole of the foot. Some warts go away after a few treatments whereas long standing warts can take several months to be fully resolved.
Podiatrist’s can help in a number of ways, including:
- Sharp debridement to remove the hard outer layer of the wart tissue
- Use of mild acids to burn away the wart tissue
- Use of cryotherapy to freeze the wart
- Minor surgery done under local anaesthetic to remove the whole wart
Here are a few tips to prevent warts from occurring in the first place:
- Avoid walking barefoot in communal areas
- Keep your socks and shoes clean
- Make sure you have enough sleep
- Avoiding have direct contact with people with existing wart
If you have a stubborn plantar wart that isn’t going away on its own, The Feet People can assist in a number of ways. Book an appointment with us today.