Plantar warts (verruca) are small growths that appear on the bottom of your foot. They are caused by a virus called human papillomavirus (HPV). This virus causes the cells of your skin to grow abnormally. Over time, these abnormal cells build up and become visible as painful, dry patches of skin.
There is no "cure" for warts, but there are ways to get the body to recognise the HPV infection and begin allowing the body's immune system to fight the virus. At Foot HQ we provide a variety of plantar wart treatments.
Plantar Wart Removal
Plantar wart removal is a simple procedure performed under local anaesthetic by an experienced Podiatrist. This procedure involves removing the wart using a scalpel. There are two types of procedures available; the first is called the ‘excisional method’ which removes the entire wart and surrounding tissue.
The second type is known as the ‘incisional method’ where only the top layer of the wart is removed, this can be done often without anaesthesia and is non-surgical. A painless solution of silver nitrate is then applied directly to the wart. This will penetrate into the warty tissue to kill the virus and turn the skin a black colour temporarily (about a week).
• Remove warts quicker
• Reduce pain and discomfort
• Improve appearance
• Reduced risk of scarring
• Ideal for stubborn warts
Q & A
Why not freeze it off?
Cryotherapy kits that claim to freeze off the wart are often ineffective. Medical Grade Cryoptherapy performed by doctors remains ineffective on the soles of the feet as it cannot penetrate the deeper, thicker tissues like that on the feet.
How long does the procedure take?
Both methods require between 30 minutes and 1 hour depending on the size of the wart. This treatment is usually recommended for people who are experiencing discomfort due to their warts.