Warts (Plantar Wart or Verrucas)

Warts (Plantar Wart or Verrucas)

Warts are an infection caused by a virus (Human Papilloma Virus) which can invade your skin through small cuts or breaks. It affects people of all ages.

There are so many different types of warts but the one commonly seen on the bottom of the foot is known as a plantar wart or verrucas. This type of wart is considered to be very common, especially among young children or physically active adults.

Over time, warts develop into a hard, rough growth on the surface of the skin. It can be painful especially when pressure is applied such as walking or running.

What Caused My Plantar Wart?

Since warts are a virus, they are highly contagious. They usually appear because of a weakened immune system. There are direct and indirect ways that a person can pick up this virus:

Direct: Skin-to-skin contact with an affected person.

Indirect: Sharing towels, socks and being barefoot in public showers, swimming pools and toilets.

Symptoms Of Plantar Warts

Plantar warts can grow up to an inch or more across, occurring alone or with smaller warts clustered nearby.

Sometimes, they are mistaken for a corn or callus so it is important to get the right diagnosis so they are treated appropriately.

On the other hand, warts that are left untreated can spread to other parts of the foot.

Skin discolouration

Most plantar warts are visibly discoloured and pale. Some can even be
dark in colour. The large bump of rough skin can be marked by a single
dark dot which is a sign of clotted blood vessels.

Rough skin

When keratin (tough protein) starts to form on the outer layer of skin, it
can cause the surface to harden, forming a raised bump of rough skin.
Your skin will be dryer and might even start to flake a little around the
affected area.

Clotted blood vessels

A clotted blood vessel occurs when the tiny blood vessels rupture and
allow blood plasma to seep into the surrounding tissues. In the case of
warts, they can occur frequently as long as there is a blood vessel
responsible for supplying your wart with nutrients.

Treatment Of Plantar Warts

Your specialised treatment may include one or a combination of the following:

  • Application of a topical acid
  • Chemical Cauterisation (medical practice or technique of burning a part of a body. Warts in this case)
  • Medication referral (if necessary)
  • Advice on boosting your immune system
  • Padding to help offload pressure

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We understand how annoying it is to have warts treated. We will ensure the process is carried out effectively and efficiently so you can walk comfortably again.

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