Plantar Warts

Looking for Plantar Wart treatment? Let us help!

Plantar warts are a common complaint that we see as podiatrists, especially common in children. Often mistaken for a corn, a plantar wart is caused by the Human Papillomavirus (HPV) and is a benign lesion of the outer surfaces of the skin on the foot or toes. It can sometimes appear as a white, circular lesion with small black dots throughout.

Plantar warts can be tricky to treat as there is no “cure”. Given it is caused by a virus, your immune system is required to fight off the infection, so our treatments are aimed to trigger an immune response to eradicate the virus.

A plantar wart can sometimes cause pain with direct pressure from walking or from footwear. Given that plantar warts are a virus, they commonly present with more than one lesion, as they can spread.

Diagnosing Plantar Warts

A Podiatrist will usually diagnose a plantar wart based on appearance and whether or not pain can be elicited with medial-lateral compression of the lesion. Pinpoint bleeding may also occur with debridement of the hardened skin over the top of the lesion.

Plantar Warts

Treating Plantar Warts

There is no current vaccine available for prevention of the strain of HPV that causes plantar warts. In the Podiatry clinic, we have access to more advanced topical preparations to treat plantar warts such as:

High dose Salicylic acid
Liquid Nitrogen (cryotherapy)
Cantherone Plus

These treatments have been found to be effective in treating stubborn plantar warts and often treatment doesn’t involve any pain, which is why they are often suitable for kids. Plantar warts often respond to treatment better when caught early.

If you think you might have a plantar wart, book an appointment with one of our podiatrists by clicking the Book Online Now button, or call 03 9939 1012 to discuss the condition and how to best treat it.

What To Expect In Your Consult:

At Sole Podiatry you initial consultation will go for 40 minutes. This time allows your Podiatrist to thoroughly examine and understand your needs as well as providing the necessary time to assess your condition properly.

We will also develop a comprehensive treatment plan that will enable you to achieve your goal as soon as possible during this consultation. This plan will clarify whether any future consults will be required and what frequency.

FAQ’s

What can I expect at an appointment?
Do I need a referral?
Do you bulk bill?
How often do I need to visit a Podiatrist?
What is your cancellation policy?
What can I expect at an appointment?

Your consultation will go for 40 minutes. This time allows your Podiatrist to thoroughly examine and understand your needs as well as providing the necessary time to assess your condition properly. We will also develop a comprehensive treatment plan that will enable you to achieve your goal as soon as possible during this consultation.

Do I need a referral?

There is no requirement to supply a referral from your doctor to see a Podiatrist.

With that said, if you have been referred, please bring a copy of the referral letter.

Do you bulk bill?

We bulk bill pension card holders with a valid EPC referral (Chronic disease management plan) from their GP. For non-pension card holder with this type of referral, our consult fees apply, and you can claim a rebate from Medicare (there is a small gap fee)

How often do I need to visit a Podiatrist?

The frequency and number of visitations will depend on the nature of the condition you are being treated for. The treatment and rehabilitation of conditions will vary widely however after an initial consultation your podiatrist will be able to provide a recovery framework for you.

What is your cancellation policy?

We appreciate 24 hours notice for cancellations when possible. However we know the unexpected can often happen, so a courtesy phone call if you are going to miss an appointment is always appreciated.

An appointment which is cancelled or rescheduled with less than 24 hours notice, may incur a fee of 50% of the consult rate.

If you miss an appointment, without giving notice, then the full rate of the appointment may be charged.

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