Plantar warts are hard, grainy growths that appear on the soles of the feet. They are caused by the human papillomavirus (HPV). They are usually not severe but can be painful or uncomfortable, especially if they are located in the weight-bearing areas of the feet.

There are several treatment options available for plantar warts, including:

  1. Salicylic acid: This over-the-counter treatment involves applying a solution or patch containing salicylic acid to the wart, which can help to dissolve the wart and stimulate the immune system to fight the virus. Evidence suggests that salicylic acid effectively treats plantar warts, with cure rates ranging from 50-70%.
  2. Cryotherapy: This involves freezing the wart with liquid nitrogen, which causes the wart to blister and eventually fall off. Evidence suggests that cryotherapy effectively treats plantar warts, with cure rates ranging from 50-70%.
  3. Electrosurgery: This involves using an electrical current to destroy the wart tissue. Evidence suggests that electrosurgery effectively treats plantar warts, with cure rates ranging from 70-90%.
  4. Laser therapy: This involves using a laser to destroy the wart tissue. Evidence suggests that laser therapy effectively treats plantar warts, with cure rates ranging from 60-80%.
  5. Immunotherapy involves stimulating the immune system to fight the virus by injecting the wart with a substance that triggers an immune response. Evidence suggests that immunotherapy effectively treats plantar warts, with cure rates ranging from 50-70%.
  6. Wart Curettate: Wart curettage, also known as surgical excision, is a procedure that involves removing a wart by scraping it off with a curette, a small, spoon-shaped instrument. Studies have shown that curettage can be an effective treatment for warts, with cure rates ranging from 60-95%.

It is important to note that plantar warts can be stubborn and require multiple treatments before they are completely gone. Dr Kim specialises in the surgical treatment of plantar warts in Brisbane and Gold Coast. This procedure is usually carried out in our procedure room.

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