Plantar Warts

cluster of plantar warts

Plantar warts are viral infections that commonly develop on the soles of the feet, where they can become flattened by the pressure of walking and develop an overlaying callous. They tend to be hard and flat, with a rough surface and well-defined boundaries. Warts may also appear on the top of the foot or toes where they are then usually raised and fleshier.

Warts are often flesh tone and have small black dots in the center. Unlike corns and calluses, plantar warts tend to bleed when debrided (the removal of overlying dead skin) due to the many tiny blood vessels present.

How do you treat warts?

  • In general, warts can be removed with topical chemicals or frozen off.
  • Chemicals usually require multiple applications over several weeks to months. The wart is debrided to remove dead tissue before each treatment. Home wart kits are available in our Oakville Foot & Orthotic Clinic. Give us a call to learn more:  905.845.4817
  • A typical chemical used for removal is 40-60% salicylic acid. Salicylic acid is the main ingredient found in many over the counter creams or solution but at a much lower percentage than we offer in our clinic.
  • Freezing (cryotherapy) is safe and does not usually require any numbing of the area but may be too painful for children to tolerate. Hop on over to our blog to learn more about cryotherapy treatment for warts.

How do you prevent them?

  • Always wear flip-flops or sandals in public showers or public areas – this helps prevent contact with wart causing virus.
  • Wash and thoroughly dry your feet.

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