Plantar warts are found on the sole of the foot. They are very contagious and therefore very common. Plantar warts treatment includes a range of techniques including medications and surgery. Our podiatrists can recommend the best course of treatment for you as an individual.
What Are Plantar Warts?
Plantar warts are caused by viral infections that invade the skin through tiny cuts or abrasions on its outer layer. Pressure from the foot can push a plantar wart into the skin and this can be very painful when walking or standing. A plantar wart may look similar to a corn but will hurt if pressure is applied either side of the area. In contrast, corns will hurt if pressure is applied directly on top. Sometimes, plantar warts can spread on the skin, causing a cluster known as ‘mosaic warts’. Plantar warts may bleed a little when they are scratched.
What Causes Plantar Warts?
Plantar warts are caused by a virus that thrives in moist and warm areas. This is why they are commonly caught at swimming pools and bathing areas. If you have a plantar wart, you should wear flip-flops or a plaster in communal showering or swimming areas. This will prevent other people from catching the virus. You should also avoid sharing towels, shoes and socks. Children are generally more likely to catch plantar warts than adults.
Treatment Of Plantar Warts
The treatment of plantar warts usually involves medication, which is applied directly to the wart itself. Very stubborn warts may need removing surgically. Your podiatrist will be able to advise you on the best course of treatment.
If you think you may be suffering from plantar warts, please contact us to make an appointment. We can arrange a consultation with a qualified podiatrist who will be able to advise and treat your condition.