Plantar Warts

Plantar warts are a unique variation of common warts. They present distinct challenges in terms of appearance and treatment. They are often confused with corns. At My Podiatrist Canberra, our team is experienced in identifying and treating plantar warts.  

What are plantar warts, and how do I know if I have them?  

Plantar warts are growths on the soles of the feet caused by the human papillomavirus (HPV). They often appear as small, rough lesions with tiny black dots. If you suspect a plantar wart, it’s essential to consult a podiatrist for a proper diagnosis.

How did I get plantar warts, and are they contagious? 

Plantar warts are commonly contracted by direct contact with the virus, often in warm and damp environments like public showers or swimming pools. They can be contagious, and precautions should be taken to avoid spreading them to other areas of the feet or to other people.

How do You treat Plantar Warts?  

At My Podiatrist Canberra we successfully treat using a combination of callus removal and nitric/salicylic acid which are designed to trigger an immune response from the body, allowing the body to kill the underlying virus.  This procedure is far less painful than other treatments. 

How Many treatments are needed?

On average about five treatments are needed to ensure thorough eradication. Multiply or chronic plantar warts may need additional treatments.

Can I treat plantar warts at home, or should I seek professional help?  While over-the-counter treatments exist, it’s advisable to consult a podiatrist for effective and safe removal. Home treatments may not always address the root of the problem, and improper removal attempts can lead to complications.

Can Plantar Warts come back? 

There is a possibility of recurrence, especially if the virus is not fully eliminated. Regular follow-ups with the podiatrist are essential.

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Are Plantar Warts painful? 

Plantar warts can cause discomfort, especially when pressure is applied to them. If left untreated, they may increase in size and become more painful.

Can I prevent plantar warts? 

Practising good foot hygiene, wearing protective footwear in public places, and avoiding direct contact with warts can reduce the risk of contracting the virus. Prompt treatment of cuts or injuries on the feet is also important.

If you suspect you have plantar warts or have concerns about your foot health, schedule a consultation with My Podiatrist Canberra.

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