What is a plantar wart?
Common warts are caused by the human papillomavirus (HPV). Most forms, however, are spread by:
- casual skin contact
- through shared objects, such as towels or washcloths
- The HPV virus thrives in warm, moist environments. Consequently, you may contract the virus by walking barefoot around swimming pools or locker rooms.
Plantar wart signs and symptoms include:
- A small, fleshy, rough, grainy growth (lesion) on the bottom of your foot, usually the base of the toes and forefoot or the heel
- Hard, thickened skin (callus) over a well-defined “spot” on the skin, where a wart has grown inward
- Black pinpoints, which are commonly called wart seeds but are actually small, clotted blood vessels
- Pain or tenderness when walking or standing
Treating plantar warts
- Using a mild acid in a safe and controlled environment, applied by an experienced Podiatrist. This usually requires multiple applications over several weeks and removes the viral cells slowly, allowing healthy skin cells to replace them.
- Cryotherapy to freeze warts using liquid nitrogen. W e often use this treatment together with other treatments to maximise the effects.
Preventing plantar warts
The following tips may help to prevent plantar warts:
- Avoid walking barefoot in public changing rooms and showers
- Change your shoes and socks daily
- Keep your feet clean and dry
- Check your children’s feet periodically, and treat any warts before they spread to other members of the family
- Avoid direct contact with warts on other persons or on other parts of the body
- Do not ignore growths on, or changes in, your skin
- Visit a podiatrist immediately if you notice any lumps or sores on the foot
How long for plantar warts to heal after acid treatment?