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Plantar Warts

Most plantar warts usually go away without treatment. If you are concerned, book a consultation with Dr. Kim.

Plantar Warts

Plantar Warts are a small growth on the skin that develop when the skin is infected by a virus. Warts can appear on the heels or other weightbearing areas of your feet, but typically they appear on the bottom (plantar side) of the foot. Plantar Warts most commonly occur in children, adolescents, and the elderly.

Plantar warts grow deep into the skin. Usually this growth occurs slowly, with the wart starting small and becoming larger over time.

Causes

HPV (human Papillomavirus): that enters your body through tiny cuts, breaks or other weak spots on the bottom of your feet.

The symptoms of a plantar wart may include:

  • Thickened skin: often a plantar wart resembles a callus because of its tough, thick tissue.
  • Pain: Walking and standing may be painful. Squeezing the sides of the wart may also cause pain.
  • Tiny black dots: These often appear on the surface of the wart. The dots are actually dried blood contained in the capillaries (tiny blood vessels).

Treatments may be operational or non-operational.

Non-operational

Medication: to ease any pain.

Salicylic acid: softening the outer layer of your skin allowing it to loosen and shed.

Cryotherapy: application of extremely low temperatures to destroy abnormal or diseased tissue.

Laser treatment: to cauterize the tiny blood vessels.  The infected tissue eventually dies, and the wart falls off.

Immune therapy: your doctor may inject your warts with a foreign substance (antigen) or apply

Surgery

When to consider surgery?

Surgery is considered in patients who have not responded well to non-surgical treatments.

In some cases, surgical excision may be necessary. The surgeon can perform a tibial nerve block with local anaesthetic and the plantar wart can be removed without the need to go to the hospital.  No stitches are required.

Surgical excision allows you to walk immediately following the procedure, although you will be advised and expected to rest for 48-72 hours following the procedure to reduce the incidence and risk of bleeding.

Plantar wart procedures are usually carried out in our state-of-the-art procedure room, unless patients are needle phobic requiring general anaesthesia.

Podiatric Surgeon Dr Kim is the leading surgeon for Foot Surgery in Brisbane and Gold Coast, contact him today for a consultation regarding a ganglion cyst.

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Dr Ji Soo Kim (Specialist Podiatric Surgeon) BPodM UWA, DClinPod UWA

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