Warts, also referred to as plantar warts, verrucae and papilloma, are a growth on the foot caused by the Human Papillomavirus (HPV). Warts can appear to have a “cauliflower” like appearance and because they contain blood vessels you may notice some black spots within the lesion. Warts on the feet can present as single round lesions or multiple mosaic lesions.
Warts are very common in children and those patients with suppressed immune systems are more prone to warts. When warts occur in a weight bearing area of the foot a wart will grow into the superficial layers of the skin. These warts often cause pain as they can press on nerve endings.
Warts are caused by a virus and 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 hygiene.
Warts can spontaneously disappear once the body’s immune system reaches a level which overcomes the virus. If left untreated warts can sometimes grow bigger and spread to other parts of the feet making treatment more difficult.
Treatment for warts at our Melbourne clinic can range from simple home remedies to more aggressive treatments like liquid nitrogen and highly concentrated acids. Our podiatrists are experienced in treating warts on children’s feet and adult feet.
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. Warts can be frustrating to treat for patients so it is important to seek early intervention with a podiatrist for best treatment advice and results.