What exactly are warts?
Plantar warts, clinically known as Verrucae, are warts that appear anywhere on the foot. A wart is an area of tissue that appears thickened, raised, and is normally circular. They are normally not painful unless there is an application of pressure.
How do you get a wart?
Contact with the Human Papilloma Virus (HPV) is the main reason warts develop. Anyone can have a wart, but warts occur more frequently in children and the elderly.
How do I know if I have a wart?
Symptoms of warts include:
- A circular area or clusters of thick, raised tissue
- Pain when squeezed or stepped on
- Tiny black dots (dried blood)
How are warts treated?
Warts can go away on their own, but it can take a very long time. There are many options available from the pharmacy - though these can be often ineffective and sometimes dangerous if not used correctly. At South Burnett Podiatry, we have multiple treatment options available including:
- Salicylic acid
- Silver nitrate treatment
- Freezing (cryotherapy)
- VISIT multi-puncture treatment
- Minor surgery to ‘scoop out’ the wart