Plantar Wart Treatment & Removal

 

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 (e.g. the sole of your foot).  Most will disappear within 2 years without any medical intervention.

Plantar warts can make walking or standing very uncomfortable so they can be a real problem for anyone who is active or who needs to be on their feet all day. They can make a real nuisance of themselves and hang around for years growing and spreading. Plantar warts can interrupt your fitness, sport, work and play. Don’t put up with problem plantar warts! If your warts are painful, growing in size or persist for than a year or two – you should seek assistance. 

Laser treatment for plantar warts

Plantar Wart Treatment and Removal

Depending on the size and position of your wart, there are several different pain free treatment options. The aim of treatment is to remove your wart completely without damaging any healthy tissue or 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%
Swift microwave therapyNo damage to skin so no need to interrupt your sport activities

Useful for large warts and multiple mosaic warts as not all areas need to be treated

Minimal discomfort described as "hot pinch"

No needles
Results achieved over 6 months

Treatment each 4 weeks for 3 months followed by a 12 week review

Not suitable for young children
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
NeedlingQuick

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.

What To Expect from Laser Wart Treatment

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

For pin sized warts, one 40-minute treatment is usually required with one follow up check. If you have a dinner plate sized wart, 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

Microwave Therapy

A snazzy new treatment for painful plantar warts is available now at Feet First Podiatry. Microwave therapy is a new plantar wart treatment that’s especially useful for problem, multiple and mosaic warts.

Microwave therapy works by delivering several pulses of energy that disrupt the wart cells and prompt your own immune system to be activated against the wart. Because the treatment works in this way, not all your warts needs to be treated. That makes microwave useful for warts that cover large ares or for multiple or mosaic warts.

Microwave therapy may be more suitable for some people, especially very active people who need to be on their feet with no down time. Microwave therapy for plantar warts is also recommended for people with large areas of warts or multiple mosaic warts, as recent research has shown microwave therapy is highly effective against these kinds of warts. We’re excited to offer this new treatment for problem plantar warts.

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