Treatment for Plantar Warts
We see lots of people of all ages for treatment of plantar warts. There are various options which we will discuss with you when developing a treatment plan.
What is a plantar wart
- Plantar refers to the sole of your foot (it has nothing to do with gardening!)
- Also known as verrucas or Verruca Pedis.
- The wart is usually on the sole of your foot or between your toes
- It may be painful due to a build-up of hard skin
- They have a flat cauliflower like appearance
- The normal skin pattern (like a fingerprint) is interrupted.
How do you get plantar warts
- The wart is caused by a a benign type of Human Papilloma Virus (HPV) which thrives in warm moist environments
- It’s not helped by the HPV vaccine which is for more aggressive strains of HPV related to cervical cancer.
- It is usually picked up via a microscopic skin defect
- They are often contracted through communal barefoot areas such as changing rooms and swimming pools
- Plantar warts can also be passed on within households.
Home treatment for plantar warts
- Avoid going barefoot
- Remedies are available at your pharmacy
- Use a pumice or foot file to reduce painful thick hard skin
- Keep the wart covered with a waterproof dressing or tape
- Make sure you are generally healthy with a strong immune system
What help can I get for plantar warts
- We will remove any thick hard skin to give you immediate pain relief, and advise on treatment options
- Treatment at Umina Podiatry may involve using chemicals or freezing to kill the virus causing the wart
When will plantar warts get better?
- Most warts will go away on their own after about 2 years
- Depending on the type of treatment you should expect an improvement in 6-8 weeks