Plantar Wart – Verrucae Pedis

Summary

  • Plantar refers to the sole of your foot (nothing to do with gardening)
  • Wart on the sole of your foot or between your toes
  • May be painful due to a build-up of hard skin
  • Often confused with a corn due to its circular shape, but often a rough ‘cauliflower’ outer feel and sore when squeezed from the sides.  A corn is sore when pressed directly down on. A wart can often have small blood vessels showing in it also.

How did I get this?

  • The wart is caused by a virus which thrives in warm moist environments.
  • Picked up via very small tear/ scratch in the skin providing an opening for the virus to enter
  • They are often contracted through communal barefoot areas such as changing rooms and swimming pools, showers

What can I do about it?

  • Avoid going barefoot, and wear jandals in communal showering areas such as  the pool
  • Remedies are available at your podiatrist and pharmacy
  • If you are not if it is a corn or a verruca see your podiatrist to get a correct diagnosis before starting treatment
  • If hard skin starts to develop over and around the verruca, use a file to reduce it, or see your podiatrist.
  • Keep the wart covered with a waterproof dressing or tape
  • Make sure you are generally healthy with a strong immune system

What help can I get for this?

  • A Podiatrist will remove any thick hard skin and advise on treatment options
  • For children, Boyce Podiatry offer the pain free Spirularin cream treatment option. It works to break the life cycle of the verruca.
  • Other treatment options may involve acid, freezing, burning, or dry needling to kill the virus causing the wart

When will it get better?

  • Most warts will go away on their own after about 2 years
  • Depending on the type of treatment you should expect an improvement in 6-8 weeks
  • If you have not seen an improvement within 6-8 weeks, see your podiatrist.

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