Plantar Warts

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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. There are a vast array of treatment options availoable for plantar warts. Your Podiatrist will be able to discuss all treatment options with you.  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)
Potassium Hydroxide Flakes

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 45 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.


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