Foot (Plantar) Warts

Plantar warts (verruca plantaris) are skin lesions on the feet or toes caused by the human papillomavirus. These lesions often appear as small, raised areas of skin that may be discoloured, painful or possibly itchy.

Plantar warts are often transmitted via moist walking surfaces such as showers, swimming pools, change rooms etc. The virus usually enters the skin through small cuts or abrasions and due to pressure on the sole of the foot a layer of hard skin or callous forms over the top.

Plantar warts can often be mistaken for callous (hyperkeratosis) or corns (heloma durum) and therefore it is important to have any lesions inspected by your podiatrist in order to ensure that the appropriate treatment is initiated.

Whilst some warts will be self-limiting, resolving over time, plantar warts are often painful due to their location and require active treatment.  Some treatment options include:

  • Keratolysis or the use of topical preparations such as salicylic acid or Upton’s paste
  • Cryosurgery or freezing of the wart using various techniques (see our cryotherapy page for more information)
  • Surgery including curettage or Falknor’s needling
  • Immunotherapy for recalcitrant warts

Plantar warts often require repeated treatment in order to achieve complete resolution.

Prahran Foot Clinic regularly treats plantar warts and your podiatrist will advise which treatment will be best suited, taking into account your individual history, the wart type, size and location.

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