Verruca Pedis (Plantar Warts)

Warts that appear on the bottom of the foot (plantar surface) can be very painful and difficult to successfully eradicate. More importantly, they may multiply from a single lesion to multiple (mosaic) lesions or spread to others.

Plantar Warts/Verruca 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.

Traditional treatments include application of keratolytic agents such as Salicylic acid, Cryotherapy (freezing),and surgical or blunt excision or electrodessication. There are numerous natural approaches that are rarely effective.

More recently, many Podiatrists have been utilizing a form of immunotherapy commonly termed “dry needling”. Dating back to a paper published in 1969 (JAPA: Vol 59, No 2) the technique had largely disappeared until a few years ago. Anecdotal evidence shows this technique holds a great deal of promise. Stay tuned for the results of future clinical trials…

When dealing with kids, we recommend no treatment if the lesion is not painful. Most therapies may cause unnecessary stress on young ones, when in all likelihood the child’s immune system will deal with the wart in time.

If you think you may have a plantar wart, see a Podiatrist as soon as possible. Frequently other skin conditions such as hard corns or even melanomas are mistaken for warts, so it is very important to get a definitive diagnosis.

Call Preston Podiatry on 08 9304 1898 today to arrange an appointment.