Plantar Warts / Verruca

PLANTAR WARTS

What are they?

Plantar warts are benign or non-cancerous growths that occur on the bottom (or plantar) surface of the foot. Plantar warts, also known as Verruca Pedis or Verruca Plantaris are generally rough on the surface or spongy, and may have multiple dark spots within the lesion. They are often mistaken for corns and can be very painful when weight-bearing.

Plantar warts occur when the skin is exposed to the human papilloma virus (HPV). The virus is often present on contaminated surfaces such as the floors of change rooms, showers and surrounding swimming pools.

When plantar warts first appear, the individual may feel a lump under the foot that over time becomes painful to stand on. Patients often feel as though they are standing on a stone. When left untreated, plantar warts may multiply many times (mosaic warts) or spread to the opposite foot. As they are highly contagious, other individuals who share wet areas such as bathrooms may be exposed to the infection.

Treatment

Common therapies include:

  • Cryotherapy
  • Acid Therapy
  • Chemotherapy
  • Immunotherapy
  • Electrodesication
  • Surgery