Posted on November 2, 2020
What are Plantar Warts?
Plantar warts, also known as Verruca Pedis, are a viral infection on the skin caused by the human papillomavirus and commonly occur on the toes or plantar surface of the feet. Plantar warts are a self-resolving condition - meaning they will eventually resolve themselves, however treatment is recommended to reduce pain and the potential for the warts to spread.
How do you contract Plantar Warts?
The spores which lead to plantar warts thrive in warm moist environments, such as public showers and bathing areas, and are highly contagious. Plantar warts have the potential to increase in size, multiply and spread to other parts of the body or other members of the family. Plantar warts can also be very painful upon weightbearing.
Removal and Treatment of Plantar Warts
Plantar warts are best treated in the early stages as the smaller the wart, the easier it is to resolve. There are various different treatment methods available for plantar warts, from over the counter preparations, to natural remedies, to freezing with liquid nitrogen, all with varying levels of effectiveness. Leah can discuss with you the most appropriate option for you to reduce your pain and the potential for the warts to spread.
Further Plantar Wart Treatment
Leah recommends always wearing thongs or footwear to protect your feet in public bathing areas to reduce your risk of contracting plantar warts.