Plantar Warts

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What are Plantar Warts?

Plantar warts are noncancerous skin growths on the soles of the feet, caused by infection with the Human Papillomavirus (HPV). Typically seen on the heels or balls of the feet – areas that endure the most pressure – these warts can cause discomfort or pain when standing or walking. The pressure may also cause plantar warts to grow inward beneath a thick layer of hard skin (callus), which contributes to the discomfort.

Unlike other types of warts, plantar warts are flat due to the pressure exerted on them while walking. They can appear singly as a lone lesion (solitary wart) or in a clustered pattern, often referred to as mosaic warts. A common characteristic of plantar warts is the presence of small black dots at the surface, often called wart seeds, which are actually clotted blood vessels.

Causes of Plantar Warts

Plantar warts are primarily caused by an infection with certain types of HPV. The virus enters your body through tiny cracks or weak spots in the skin on the bottom of your feet. The pressure exerted on your feet may also push the virus deeper into the skin, leading to the formation of a wart.

HPV is a ubiquitous virus with over 100 different types. However, only a handful of these strains cause plantar warts. The virus thrives in warm, moist environments, making communal areas like showers, swimming pools, and locker rooms potential hotspots for transmission.

Not everyone who comes in contact with HPV develops plantar warts. Each person’s immune system responds differently to HPV, and your susceptibility to developing warts depends on the strength of your immune response. Certain individuals, such as children and teens, people with a weakened immune system, or those with a history of plantar warts, are more likely to develop these growths.

At Podiatry & Injury Clinic, our expert Sydney podiatrists understand that even a minor foot issue like plantar warts can impact your daily life. Leveraging our extensive knowledge and experience, we are committed to helping you manage your foot health effectively.

Why Choose Us

At the Podiatry & Injury Clinic, we don’t just treat conditions – we treat people. Our Sydney podiatrists understand that each individual’s situation is unique, and so should be their treatment. We focus on creating personalised treatment plans aimed at alleviating your discomfort and promoting healing.

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Our comprehensive approach to treating Plantar Warts sets us apart as a trusted Sydney podiatrist. From thorough examination and diagnosis to custom-tailored treatment plans, we take each step meticulously to ensure the best possible outcomes.

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Symptoms of Plantar Warts

Plantar warts are small, rough growths that appear on the soles of your feet. These warts might be painful when you walk or stand, and you might feel like you have pebbles in your shoe. The warts may also develop a cluster of black pinpoints, which are tiny, clotted blood vessels.

Complications of Plantar Warts

Plantar warts are not a serious health concern, but they may affect your quality of life. They can cause discomfort or pain. Without treatment, some plantar warts disappear in months to years. However, most warts require treatment to decrease symptoms, decrease duration, and reduce transmission.

How to Prevent Plantar Warts

Avoid walking barefoot in public areas where the virus may linger. Keeping your feet clean and dry can help prevent the virus from taking hold. Also, avoid direct contact with warts, including your own. Do not pick at warts as the virus may spread.

Frequently Asked Questions

Can Plantar Warts be treated without seeing a Sydney podiatrist?

While some Plantar Warts may disappear on their own, we recommend seeking professional help if they are painful, spreading or persisting for a long time. Our Sydney podiatrists can offer effective treatment options to reduce discomfort and prevent them from spreading.

Are Plantar Warts contagious?

Yes, Plantar Warts are caused by HPV which is contagious. The virus can be spread by direct contact with a wart, or indirectly in warm, moist environments like showers and swimming pools.

What treatment options does a Sydney podiatrist provide for Plantar Warts?

Your Podiatrist at Podiatry & Injury Clinic will guide your use of a wart-removal treatment tailored to your specific needs. We offer a variety of wart treatments at our Sydney podiatrist clinic, taking into consideration factors such as your age, the type of wart, the location of the warts, and your level of activity.

Often, the most effective method involves a straightforward surgical procedure known as Curettage, performed under local anesthesia right here at Podiatry & Injury Clinic. This method removes warts delicately without causing damage to the surrounding healthy tissue.

Over-the-counter treatments for warts contain acids or chemicals that indiscriminately destroy skin cells. It requires a professional’s precision to ensure only the abnormal skin cells (warts) are targeted, preserving the surrounding healthy tissue. Therefore, we strongly advise against self-treatment, particularly for individuals with diabetes, cardiovascular, or circulatory disorders. It’s crucial to avoid these medications if there’s an active infection present. Trust our experienced Sydney podiatrists to provide the care you need.

At Podiatry & Injury Clinic, we understand how Plantar Warts can interfere with your daily activities. Our dedicated team of Sydney podiatrists are here to provide you with the best care possible. Contact us today for effective and personalised Plantar Warts treatment.



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