Plantar Warts Treatment
Do you suffer from plantar-warts? If you’re living or working in Cottesloe, East Fremantle, Mosman Park and Fremantle we would love to help you!
A plantar wart is a skin lesion that presents on the sole or toes of the foot due to a viral infection. The lesions are usually self-limiting but treatment is often indicated.
Although plantar warts can appear at any age, the peak incidence is from 12-16 years, with a prevalence of approximately 70% in school aged children. The condition is less common in early childhood and prevalence declines after 20 years. Approximately 10% of the general population will have foot warts.
A visible lesion resembling a cauliflower arrangement is usually seen on the plantar surface of the foot. Pain is often felt with pressure on the lesion and overlying thick callus build-up can be found around the lesion. Diagnosis of plantar warts is typically made by recognizing pain with a ‘side-to-side’ compression of the lesion, interruption of normal skin lines through the wart tissue and pinpoint bleeding when the lesion is pared down.
Plantar warts typically requires the individual to build the immune response to fight off the viral infection. Treatment can become necessary if the wart is spreading, not resolving after 2 years, or becoming painful.
Treatment options include the following:
- No treatment–up to 70% of plantar warts spontaneously resolve within 2 years if left untreated. Generally the younger the patient the faster the resolution.
- Destruction of the wart tissue with acidic agents such as liquid nitrogen, salicylic acid or silver nitrate which aim to destroy the wart tissue rather than the HPV itself. These treatments often require repeated treatment over a few weeks.
- Multi-vitamins to boost the immune response.
- Surgery to remove the wart.
- Preventative measures.