Small plantars wart on a childs foot

Plantar Warts - Symptoms, Treatment, Prevention

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Plantar Warts are contagious, benign lesions which result from the proliferation of epidermal cells. The wart occurs when the human papilloma virus (HPV) enters the skin through tiny cuts in the surface layer of the skin of the foot. Under the pressure exerted on the soles of the feet, the wart is pushed inward and then covered with a thick layer of skin.

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  • Discomfort while walking
  • Pain
  • Swelling in the skin
  • Impairment of the aesthetic of the foot

A plantar wart can also hide more serious skin damage, such as melanomas and carcinomas of the skin. Visit us to find the best solution depending on the type of and the duration of infection by the wart.

Podiatric Interventions

Topical Acid Application

The chemical topical treatment destroys the ability of the virus to reproduce by stimulating a local immune response of the skin, so that the body can eliminate the virus. During your consultation, different options can be available and the podiatrist could apply the medication to the affected area during the visit or by providing a prescription. Some treatments can create a localized skin reaction that can be sensitive for a few days. The exact options will be presented to each patient depending on health conditions, health restrictions, activities and localisation of the warts.

Prescription Treatments

Several treatments are available under prescription and are used to eliminate resistant and deep warts. From topical to injections, the treatments are used to eliminate the cells affected by the virus and impedes its reproduction. The efficiency rate varies between patients and some options can reach up to 95% success rate after a single treatment. It is possible to feel pain during the application, as well as discomfort in the days following the intervention. The symptoms are a result of the location and aggressiveness of the plantar wart.



What Are the Risks Associated with Untreated Plantar Warts?

The main risks are contagion of the surface of the foot, as well as spreading the virus to other individuals. Furthermore, less than 5% of plantar warts can cause skin cancer. If you suspect the presence of these symptoms, consult your podiatrist. He will properly diagnose the wart.

When to Consult for a Plantar Wart?

As soon as you become aware of a suspicious lesion on your foot, it is recommended that you consult a podiatrist to prevent contagion. In order to not distort the diagnosis, it is recommended that you apply no medication for three weeks prior to your consultation.

Why Are Children More Prone to Plantar Warts?

Children are the most vulnerable to this type of virus because it propagates in public places such as swimming pools, spas, showers, etc. If the plantar wart is not treated properly, it can spread to other family members through contaminated soil. When it comes into contact with damaged skin, the virus enters the skin to form a benign and contagious tumour.