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Plantar Warts or Foot Warts

Plantar warts can be so stubborn! So what are they and how do I get rid of them?

Have you recently noticed a small growth on your foot? Does it look a bit unusual? It could be a wart (verruca pedis) and we can help you get rid of it!

What is a plantar wart?

Plantar warts or Foot warts on the bottom of soles and toes. Cross section of a common wart. Illustration showing the characteristic features (hyperkeratosis, acanthosis, hypergranulosis and large blood vessels).

A wart is a growth of cells in the outer layer of the skin. It can sometimes be confused with a corn or callus. Warts can occur anywhere on the feet but are most commonly found underneath the foot. Some people say it can be painful, and this is usually due to the build-up of hard skin over the wart. Anyone can get a wart but it is commonly found on children and teenagers.

What causes a plantar wart?

A wart is caused by the human papillomavirus (HPV) entering the skin, through a small skin break. A wart can be highly contagious as it is a virus, which means you could catch the wart virus from any surface like swimming pools or public showers (very common places to catch a wart). In fact, if you have a plantar wart, you may even pass it on to someone else in your family!

How do we diagnose a plantar wart?

Podiatrists are able to diagnose warts with a few assessments. We normally see if a wart has a cauliflower appearance with black dots and if there is pain when squeezing the lesion. We also debride (shave) the overlying hard skin to properly identify the wart.

What is the best treatment for plantar warts?

It is important to reiterate that warts are a virus and this means your body can fight it off on its own. This can sometimes take months or even years!

That is where we come in to place. If you have a wart and want it gone we can help! All the treatments we perform aim to help stimulate your immune system to realise that there is a virus present causing disruption in the skin cells on your feet.

We help treat your plantar wart with a range of treatments including:

    • liquid nitrogen,
    • salicylic acid,
    • cauterization
    • curettage (surgical removal) and
    • even needling (don’t worry we numb your foot first).

There are SO many treatment options available and this is something your Podiatrist will help you with.

If you are unsure if you have a plantar wart or if you have tried treating it yourself but have had no success, please make an appointment to see one of our expert podiatrists today and we can help get you back on your feet!