Plantar Warts

Plantar warts are one of the most common viral infections of the skin. They are caused by the Human Papilloma Virus (HPV), of which there are over 100 strains, some of which cause warts on the hands and other areas.

The virus survives in warm, moist environments and is believed to be transported via water molecules and transmitted to others through tiny cuts and breaks in the skins surface. Walking barefoot in public amenities, locker rooms and swimming in public swimming pools are among the more common explanations for people coming in contact with the virus.

They are often painful and feel like a rock under the foot when walking. Their appearance can be unpleasant, with a cauliflowered appearance and tiny pigmentations throughout. 

Treatment

  • Debridement - removal of callous overlying the wart. 

  • Chemical Cauterisation using high strength acids such as Salicylic Acid. ​

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