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Plantar Warts – Cairns Treatment

Plantar warts Cairns treatment is available at FNQ Podiatry and Orthotics. Plantar warts are growths that appear on the soles (plantar aspect) of the feet. They are commonly encountered on high pressure or weight bearing areas, like the heel and across the balls of the feet. Because of their tendency to appear on weight bearing areas, they can be quite painful and debilitating. When they are painful, the person will often start to change their walking style as an avoidance mechanism. This can lead to other compensatory gait and musculoskeletal problems. As such, it’s always best to seek early Plantar warts Cairns treatment, to avoid the progression and development of any other issues.

What Are Plantar Warts?

Plantar warts are quite contagious.

Plantar warts are caused by the human papilloma virus (HPV) and are quite contagious. The means of transmission include direct skin to skin contact, as well as coming into contact with a contaminated surface (such as a floor). The virus enters the body through small cuts or breaks in the skin. Human papilloma virus thrives in warm, moist environments, so walking barefoot in gym change rooms and around swimming pools increases the risk of transmission.

What Are The Signs/Symptoms Of A Plantar Wart?

A Podiatrist will easily be able to identify a plantar wart, as well as differentiate between a plantar wart and other common skin lesions, such as corns. After diagnosis, the podiatrist will then be able to plan an appropriate plantar warts Cains treatment pathway, in consultation with the patient. The common signs and symptoms that facilitate a positive identification can be a combination of any of the following:

  • A flattened (from pressure) hard grainy appearance that can have a thick overlying callous.
  • An irregular ‘cauliflower like’ pattern.
  • Interruption to the normal striations of the skin (skin lines).
  • Tiny black pinpoints through the lesion that are small clotted blood vessels (capillaries).
  • Pain on medial and lateral compression (squeeze) as well as on direct pressure and weight bearing.

Who Is At Risk Of Getting A Plantar Wart?

Anyone can develop a plantar wart. Those at increased risk are children and adolescents, people with a compromised immune system, and people who walk barefoot in areas where there is a lot of public barefoot traffic.

How Do I Reduce The Risk Of Getting A Plantar Wart?

Maintain good foot hygiene, at all times.

  • Do not walk barefoot in public areas, particularly those that are warm, humid and wet such as swimming pools, change rooms, parks and gardens.
  • Try and maintain good foot hygiene by making sure your feet are clean and dry at all times.
  • Avoid picking at the skin on your feet as this can lead to breaks in the skin barrier.
  • Avoid direct contact with warts. If you have touched a wart, make sure you wash your hands and feet thoroughly.

What Are The Options For Plantar Warts Cairns Treatment?

  • Over-the-counter, non prescription, topical preparations from the pharmacy can sometimes be trialed, particularly on small and recent onset plantar warts. These are generally either a low strength salicylic acid (up to 10% is common), or a small liquid nitrogen applicator.
  • Liquid nitrogen/cryotherapy (through a podiatry or GP clinic).
  • For long-standing and stubborn warts that haven’t responded to over-the-counter plantar warts Cairns treatments, a Podiatrist may use a strong caustic preparation such as salicylic acid paste (up to 60%). Salicylic acid works in two ways, by chemically destroying wart tissue and by stimulating the body’s immune response. Three to six treatments, each spaced a week a part is the general pathway. Before the paste is applied, the wart is pared back and masked to protect surrounding healthy skin. It is then covered and sealed, with the patient instructed to keep this dressing dry and intact for up to three full days. Occasionally, the podiatrist may ask the patient to apply an over-the-counter weaker preparation of wart chemical, in between weekly treatments.
  • In rare cases, where strong salicylic acid has not been effective, another plantar warts Cairns treatment option for patients at FNQ Podiatry and Orthotics, is multi-puncture. This procedure is done under local anaesthetic and involves needling the wart, to break up wart tissue and debridement to remove the loosened material.

How Long Will It Take To Get Rid Of A Plantar Wart?

Plantar warts can be very fickle in nature, with regards to how they respond to treatment. Occasionally given enough time (up to a year or longer), they will resolve on their own accord without treatment. If the wart is large, painful or spreading, this is obviously not a satisfactory treatment option. When treated with high strength salicylic acid, a plantar wart will generally need anywhere from 3-6 treatments. These treatments are spaced a week apart. If treated via multi-puncture, a plantar wart is removed in its entirety during the procedure. A follow up review appointment is arranged to check healing and ensure complete resolution has been achieved.

Our clinics provide effective plantar warts Cairns treatment, for a range of patients. So, if you think you currently have a plantar wart, call our friendly team today and we will get you on the road to recovery. Phone (07) 4045 5749.