Warts, plantar warts, verruca are all caused by different strains of the Human Papillomavirus. They can occur in both children and adults alike. They are often reported to be painful due to the hard callous over the wart and are often misdiagnosed by GPs and patients. Warts should be treated if they are spreading and family members should check their feet as they are very contagious.
Although warts aren’t a serious health concern, they can spread to other parts of your body and to other people you may share a bathroom, floor, and shower with. At Eltham Foot Clinic, we have a variety of topical medicaments to treat warts making your treatment pain free and simple. Over the counter preparations from the pharmacy aren’t usually successful in managing plantar warts and this is due to the hard skin that builds over the wart but, also the skin on the soles of our feet is tougher than other areas of the body; rendering preparations less effective. At Eltham Foot Clinic, we also provide a surgical wart removal option for our patients. We are fully trained to surgically remove the wart under local anaesthetic in our clinic rooms, it is a procedure that few podiatrists are trained in or willing to undertake due to the necessary skill required.
The following tips may help prevent plantar warts:
Avoid barefoot walking in communal showers – wear thongs instead
Keep your feet clean and dry
Avoid touching other parts of your body if you have warts on your hands
Avoid direct contact with other peoples warts
Do not ignore any new growths on your skin
As always, it’s important to discuss wart removal treatment with your podiatrist to identify the most successful and suitable treatment option for you. Before undertaking any treatment we discuss your needs, lifestyle and most feasible treatment for you.