We develop warts from time to time on various parts of our body. But have you ever developed warts on your feet? Yes, they can occur on feet and are called plantar warts.

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What are Plantar Warts?

A wart results from an infection due to a virus which can enter your skin through small breaks or cuts. A plantar wart commonly occurs on a foot’s bottom but can also occur on the foot’s top.

Wart virus can more easily invade the skin of teens, children and people having allergies or weakened immune system.

Over time, a wart becomes a rough, hard mass on the surface of skin.

Symptoms

Warts look like tiny black, red or brown spots and are spongy. They may occur singly (solitary) or many warts clustering together (mosaic).

Some people mistake warts for corns or calluses. Therefore it’s important to check if the growth is a wart or not with a podiatrist at https://www.modpodpodiatry.com.au/for example.

Plantar warts can persist for years and even recur at the same locations. If they are left unattended, they can spread to other portions of the foot or even to hands and other body parts.

Diagnosis

Your podiatrist will examine your wart with care to confirm that it’s a wart and not a corn or callus. The examination will involve squeezing of the growth from side to side and it’s painful.

Further examination of the wart involves trimming of the hard layer of skin around it. A wart has certain spots that bleed when trimmed, but a callus will not.

Treatment

Fortunately warts can be treated in several ways and the treatment depends on the location and size of the warts.

Treatment usually involves medication and/or surgical removal. It may even include burning or freezing. It should be remembered that warts may appear again after removal.

Here are a few possible treatment options.

Medication

Applying an acidic medication may break down warts. Your podiatrist may even use a blister-forming medication which may have to be repeated over many weeks.

Curettage

A wart can also be removed with a small instrumentnamed curettewhich is shaped like a spoon. A local anaesthetic may usually be used during this procedure to reduce pain.

Laser

A laser produces focused light energy which vaporises the wart. Here too a local anaesthetic may be used to reduce pain.

Marigold Therapy

Marigold therapy is an innovative treatment for plantar warts by the podiatrists at https://www.modpodpodiatry.com.au/podiatrist-dee-why/. It combines plant-based therapy and podiatry.

This treatment is topical and is highly effective on plantar warts. It’s fast acting, painless and free from any adverse effects. It’s also suitable to people of all ages, and even to people who are contraindicated for surgery.

The treatment includes application of the marigold paste on the wart which is kept there for one week.

The treatment doesn’t involve any restriction on showering or swimming. On the contrary, wetting the dressing every day is favourable for the treatment.

After one week, the dressing is removed and if required, the treatment is repeated for one or two weeks more.

Get rid of your plantar warts if you have any, with the help of your podiatrist and enjoy having healthy feet.

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