Plantar warts are lesions which occur on the soles of the feet. They can occur as singular or multiple lesions. Unlike corns, which tend to look quite similar, warts have no skin lines running through them, are painful to squeeze and often have small black dots in their centre which represent the blood vessels within the wart tissue.
What are the most common problems with plantar warts
Plantar warts can be extremely painful, cosmetically displeasing, they are very contagious and can spread to other areas of your feet and body.
How do these problems arise?
Warts are caused by a virus. There are many different types of wart viruses, some more resistant to treatment than others. The wart virus can be picked up in public showers, swimming centres and walking barefoot over infected areas. Warts tend to be very contagious, so family members with warts should take care to prevent spread of the infection.
How can they be treated?
- Boost the immune system just as you do to fight cold and flu viruses (i.e. good diet and vitamin/mineral supplements may be advised).
- Chemical cautery (breakdown of the tissues with strong chemicals) to the warty lesions. Single warts usually require 6 to 8 treatments. Multiple warts may be more resistant and take longer to clear.
- Surgical removal – curettage.
- Cantharone Plus – The Podiatrists at Total Care Podiatry almost inclusively use this treatment. This treatment has been used by Dermatologists on children for many years. This treatment is applied then washed off 4 hours later at home then blister may occur 24-48 hours later. A review is scheduled for 3 weeks. This treatment often takes 4-6 treatments.
When should they be checked by a podiatrist?
Painful plantar warts don’t need to impact on your life. A visit to your Podiatrist will get the treatment process started immediately.
How can Total Care Podiatry help you?
At Total Care Podiatry, we can tailor a treatment plan which is specific to your needs in order to achieve the best possible outcomes regarding your plantar warts.
This information is for educational purposes only and is not intended to replace professional podiatric advice. Treatment will vary between individuals depending upon your diagnosis and presenting complaint. An accurate diagnosis can only be made following personal consultation with a Podiatrist.