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How To Get Rid Of A Plantar Wart?

At My Family Podiatry, we see people of all ages concerned they may have a plantar wart. Whilst being more common in children, plantar warts (or verrucas) can affect people of all ages and can cause a great amount of discomfort. But what is a plantar wart? And how can we help to fix it?


What Is A Plantar Wart?


Plantar warts (or verruca pedis) are an infection caused by the human papilloma virus (HPV). There are many different strains of HPV which can lead to a number of skin infections including cold sores. The virus is easily transmissible between people and thrives in warm, moist environments. Unfortunately, this makes it very easy to contract the virus through activities as simple as walking barefoot on a floor someone infected walked on. Communal showers and pools are especially common infection sites.


Plantar warts may appear as a singular wart or in a mosaic cluster and can cause a great deal of pain. They can be distinguished from other skin conditions by the way they disrupt the striations of the skin. Small black dots are commonly seen in plantar warts due to small blood vessel formation in the wart tissue.



Plantar wart anatomy and treatment
Plantar Wart Anatomy


How Can I Get Rid Of Plantar Warts?


There are many old wives tales when it comes to treating plantar warts. These range from rubbing it with a banana peel to covering it in tape, all with varying reported success. There are also a number of treatments available in pharmacies and grocery stores to treat warts. Unfortunately many of these treatments are not sufficiently strong to penetrate the thicker skin of the foot and as such will not resolve plantar warts.


At My Family Podiatry, we carefully and precisely apply a treatment of either salicylic acid or silver nitrate to the wart tissue. This treatment involves debridement of the callus covering the plantar wart before a cream is placed on the wart and covered with a dressing. The dressing is left in place for one week before you return for subsequent debridement and application if necessary. Some discomfort may occur but it is typically much less than would be experienced with other treatments such as freezing the wart.


The acid treatment method works to kill the viral tissue and create an immune response from your body to resolve the infection. In patients with more than one plantar wart, resolution of one will often lead to all the warts resolving.


How To Prevent Plantar Warts


Prevention is always better than cure, especially when it comes to warts. So here are some simple ways to try and prevent developing a plantar wart.

  1. Wear thongs or shoes in all communal showers and bathrooms: This can prevent contraction of the virus from the floors.

  2. Cover any cuts or abrasions on your feet: This reduces the risk of the virus entering your body through the broken skin.

  3. Avoid direct contact with warts where possible: Avoid sharing socks or other clothing with individuals with a plantar wart where the virus may be transferred from their skin to yours.

If you or someone you know is suffering from plantar warts, call My Family Podiatry on 07 3088 6116 or click on the booking link above. Let us care for your feet and have you walking without pain.

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