How do deal with stubborn plantar warts?

Plantar warts are a type of skin infection that occurs on the soles of the feet, resulting from the human papillomavirus (HPV). These warts can be painful, unsightly, and even debilitating, affecting a person’s ability to walk or engage in physical activities.

Plantar warts are caused by the human papillomavirus (HPV), which enters the skin through tiny cuts or breaks. The virus thrives in warm, moist environments like swimming pools, locker rooms, and communal showers, making people who frequent such places more susceptible to contracting plantar warts.

Plantar warts usually appear as small, grainy, flesh-colored bumps on the soles of the feet. They may have black dots in the center, which are actually clotted blood vessels. Plantar warts can be painful when standing or walking, especially if they are located on a weight-bearing part of the foot. In some cases, the warts can spread to other parts of the foot, causing clusters of warts.

Plantar warts can sometimes disappear on their own, but it may take months or even years. If the warts are causing pain or discomfort, or if they are spreading, there are several treatment options available. Conservative treatment involves the use of over the counter treatments. Solutions containing salicylic acid burn away the wart tissue and encourage the body to fight the virus. Podiatrists supplement this treatment by debriding away the unhealthy tissue with a scalpel. This means the acid will treat tissue closer to the base of the corn. If unsuccessful warts can be surgically removed using a local anaesthetic.

Our podiatrists are experienced in helping to eliminate stubborn warts. Call our clinic on (07) 3823 5423 to book an appointment.