Plantar warts are a common appearance at SOLE THERAPY. We see them commonly on the bottom (plantar side) of the foot but can develop anywhere.
People often confuse warts with corns due to overlying hard skin. You can differentiate warts by the presence of tiny black spots and looking to see if skin lines are distorted. They can often have a ‘cauliflower’ appearance with an uneven surface and join together to make a ‘mosaic’ wart.
Warts are caused by the Human Papilloma Virus (HPV). They can be caught through direct contact (touching a wart) or indirect contact (touching something that has the wart virus). Using public swimming pools or wet areas and poor immunity can contribute to the development of warts.
Like corns, warts can be very painful. Warts have their own blood and nerve supply, making them sore to walk on. Unlike corns they can be quite difficult to treat as the body is unaware that the wart is present. Warm, damp and dark condition; such in an enclosed shoe; allows the wart to flourish.
SOLE THERAPY offers a range of treatment options for warts. We aim to work within your lifestyle, comfort level and the size of the wart.
We always begin by establishing how the wart may have been caught- so that we can prevent it from happening again. Our podiatrists will give you great tips and tricks specific to your lifestyle.
Next, the hard skin on top of the wart will be removed and a strong topical agent is applied. Your podiatrist will pad the wart so that it is not sore to walk on and advised on continued at home treatment.
If you think you have a wart please visit SOLE THERAPY!
Words from one of our Podiatrist's,
DR VICTORIA KOKOTATSIOS