Plantar Wart Treatment & Removal

Nobody likes warts and plantar warts can be a real problem. Plantar warts can make walking uncomfortable and can be very painful.

Don’t put up with painful plantar warts! Feet First Podiatry is the first podiatry practice in WA to offer Therapeutic Goods Administration (TGA) approved podiatry laser treatment for warts.

If you’re ready to book an appointment now, call us on 08-9319-3030 or scroll down to the bottom of this page and book an appointment online 24/7.

What are Plantar Warts?

Warts are caused by one of the most common skin infections, Human Papilloma Virus (HPV). Plantar warts are warts on the plantar surface i.e. the sole of your foot.

Laser treatment for plantar warts

Most plantar warts disappear within two years without any medical intervention, but about one third persist. If your warts are painful, growing in size or persist for more than a year or two, you should seek assistance.

Plantar Wart Treatment and Removal

Depending on the size and position of your wart, there are several different treatment options. The aim of treatment is to remove your wart completely without damaging healthy unaffected tissue and to avoid causing scars.

Treatment Options for WartsProsCons
LaserFast. Usually only one 40 minute treatment needed and one review visit

Fee is equivalent to other multiple visit treatment options

Most effective treatment available with clearance rates of 90-100%
Wait and seeIt’s free!You may be uncomfortable walking and standing while you wait for your wart to disappear.

Remember… most plantar warts will disappear without any intervention
Topical Various acids commonly salicylic acidUsually less painful than freezingSlow

Requires 6-12 treatments over several months.
Can be painful for several days after each treatment

May be an inconvenience with showering/bathing

Research indicates 40-50% cure rate
FreezingSlow. Requires 2-6 treatments over 6-12 weeks

Can be quite painful during treatment and for several days after each treatment
Surgical removalQuick unless the wart re-growsLocal anaesthetic required (needle)

Significant risk of scarring

Re-growth and spread of wart is common

Small wound heals quickly
Local anaesthetic required (needle)

May take several treatments over several months

Risk of re-growth and spread of wart

What To Do About Your Wart

  • Wait and see. Most warts disappear themselves without intervention within a couple of years.
  • Don’t scratch, scrape or pick at your warts. This may cause the wart to spread as the virus is moved around in skin debris and blood.
  • Cover with a Bandaid when swimming.
  • Avoid sharing towels, shoes and socks.
  • If your wart is uncomfortable, make an appointment.

What To Expect from Laser Wart Treatment

Laser treatment for warts is fast and effective with a high comfort level compared with other treatment options.Laser treatment works by disrupting blood vessels within the wart. Without blood supply, the wart simply disappears.

For single small warts, one 40 minute treatment is usually required with one follow up check. If you have large or multiple warts, you may need a staged treatment based on the size and location of your warts. It is usual for a scab to develop over the wart after a few days. We will give you information about how to care for the area.

Here’s a few examples of warts before and after laser treatment:

Large crescent shaped mosaic wart before laser treatment

Large crescent shaped mosaic wart before laser treatment

Complete clearance two months after laser treatment

Complete clearance two months after laser treatment

Large mosaic wart, present for several years before laser treatment

Large mosaic wart, present for several years before laser treatment

Two months after laser treatment.

Two months after laser treatment.


Plantar wart on toe tip and under toe.

Plantar wart on toe tip and under toe.

Complete clearance one month after laser treatment

Complete clearance one month after laser treatment

You Should NOT Have Laser Wart Treatment If…

  • You are pregnant or planning to be during treatment period ( large or complex warts may need several treatments over several weeks)
  • You are having treatment for skin cancer
  • You are taking Roaccutane or gold therapy
  • You have tattoos close to or within the wart
  • You have metal implants close to the wart


Call 9319-3030 or Book Online

You can book an appointment on the phone by calling 9319-3030, email [email protected] or book on line any time.

Book your appointment online by following the prompts in the box below. When you complete your booking, you’ll receive an email with your booking details. At this stage, you have a confirmed booking; the same as if you had called the practice and made an appointment.

We may call you to verify your personal details and to give you more information about the appointment.

If you cannot make your scheduled appointment time, please call the practice immediately to reschedule.



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