What is a wart?
A wart is a viral infection of the skin caused by the Human Papilloma Virus. A wart on the plantar surface of your foot is also called a verruca, or sometimes a papilloma. Warts grow in the epidermal layer of the skin, they then proliferate and grow causing hard skin production. Warts typically present looking like a cauliflower. They can be singular or in a cluster, and can often be painful. They are spread from either skin to skin contact or in communal areas.
How does our K-laser treat warts?
The targeted laser beam burns the wart to create a wound. The skin takes approximately 3-4 weeks to heal with regular dressings and offloading. Depending on the severity and depth of the wart 1-2 sessions are normally required.
What is the process?
- Debridement of the wart
- Colouring the wart with ink to attract the light to the wart tissue
- Local anesthesia to numb the sole of the foot
- Treatment with the laser
- Dressing the wound with appropriate dressings
- Weekly reviews until the wounds have healed
- Unsuccessful treatment with conservative in clinic management
- Patient is a 24 year old healthy female
Day 1: Post laser treatment
Day 7 Post Laser treatment
6 weeks post treatment
Who can receive this treatment?
Treatment suitability is based on age, other factors such as those with diabetes or a poor healing capacity.
This is all discussed in your consultation with your podiatrist.