Foot Related Conditions
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 tiny black dots in the center. Unlike corns and calluses, plantar warts tend to bleed when debrided (removing overlying dead skin) due to the many small blood vessels present.
A hard, rough lump that grows on the skin caused by a viral infection. It typically occurs on the hands or feet. Also known as a verruca.
What are my treatment options?
- Swift Emblation Therapy is an easy microwave therapy system to treat Plantar Warts.
- Topical chemicals, such as salicylic acid, can be applied at frequent visits with our chiropodists. They would also debride (remove the overlying callus) the verruca before application.
- Falknor’s Needling Procedure is a surgical option for treating your verrucae. After freezing the area, the wart is punctured many times with a sterile needle forcing the virus into your body where your immune system can reach and destroy it.
- Cryotherapy treatments are safe but can be too painful for children to tolerate.
- Excision and Curettage is another surgical option in which, after freezing the area, the wart is ‘scooped’ out of the foot with all the infected tissue.
How Do You Prevent Plantar Warts?
- Always wear flip-flops or sandals in public showers or public areas – this helps prevent contact with the wart-causing virus.
- Always wash and thoroughly dry your feet
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