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