Causes of plantar warts
Plantar warts or verrucae are caused by a virus, known as the Human Papillomavirus (HPV). This virus can be easily picked up when the foot is wet as this breaks down the foot’s natural skin barrier. For this reason swimming pools are often associated with wart infections as are patients who have excess sweaty feet and poor foot hygiene.
Contrary to popular belief plantar warts aren’t highly contagious. They aren’t spread easily from person to person through direct contact. The wart virus however thrives in moist, warm environments so you are more likely to pick up warts from wet public areas like swimming pool change rooms, gym locker rooms and shared bathrooms.
Anyone can get warts but children are more prone because their immune system has not yet fully developed. The majority of adults will have some immunity against the virus. Patients that have weak immune systems or on immunosupressant medication will be more prone to warts and often will have more difficulty in getting rid of warts.
Plantar wart diagnosis
Plantar warts, verrucae or pappilomas are easily diagnosed clinically by our Melbourne podiatrists, who are experts in identifying skin conditions of the foot without the need for further tests. Our podiatrists can also easily differentiate warts from corns which other health practitioners often misdiagnose.
Podiatry treatment for plantar warts
At Melbourne Podiatrists & Orthotics our podiatrists are experts in the treatment of plantar warts in both children and adults. Plantar wart treatment at our Melbourne clinic can range from simple home remedies to more aggressive treatments like liquid nitrogen and highly concentrated acids.
Children’s wart treatment at our Melbourne clinic is often painless and parents should not be concerned about bringing their children in for wart treatment.
In some cases warts can spontaneously disappear once the body’s immune system reaches a level which overcomes the virus. However if left untreated warts can sometimes grow bigger and spread to other parts of the feet making treatment more difficult and frustrating. For this reason it is always best to seek early intervention with a podiatrist if you think you have a wart on your foot for best treatment advice and results.