Plantar Warts: Everything You Need To Know

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Plantar warts, also known as verrucas, are a common skin condition caused by the human papillomavirus (HPV). In this article, we will discuss what warts are, how they are contracted, what populations are at risk of catching warts, and how to avoid them. We will also touch on the different types, the difference between warts and corns, if warts are dangerous, and treatment options, including no treatment at all.

What are Warts?

Warts are growths on the skin caused by HPV. They can occur anywhere on the body but are most commonly found on the hands, feet, and face. Warts can be unsightly and uncomfortable but are generally not dangerous.

How are Warts Contracted?

Warts are highly contagious and can be easily contracted through direct or indirect contact with an infected person or object. HPV can survive on surfaces such as floors, towels, and shoes for weeks, making it possible to catch warts in public places such as gyms, swimming pools, and locker rooms.

What Populations are at Risk of Catching Warts?

Anyone can catch warts, but certain populations may be more at risk than others. Children and teenagers are more likely to contract warts due to their developing immune systems and increased exposure to contaminated surfaces. Individuals with weakened immune systems, such as those with HIV or undergoing chemotherapy, may also be more susceptible to warts.

How to Avoid Warts?

To reduce the risk of catching warts, it is important to practice good hygiene. Wash your hands regularly, especially after touching a wart or a surface that may be contaminated with HPV. Avoid sharing personal items such as towels, shoes, and socks, and wear protective footwear in public places.

Different Types of Warts

There are several types of warts, including common warts, flat warts, and plantar warts. Plantar warts are typically found on the soles of the feet and can be painful when pressure is applied.

The Difference between Warts and Corns

Warts and corns are both growths that can occur on the feet, but they are different. Warts are caused by a virus, while corns are caused by pressure or friction on the skin. Corns are typically round and have a hard center, while warts are more irregular in shape and may have small black dots in the center.

Are Warts Dangerous?

While warts are generally not dangerous, they can be uncomfortable and unsightly. Plantar warts can also cause pain and discomfort when walking or standing for long periods. Additionally, some strains of HPV can increase the risk of developing certain types of cancer, such as cervical cancer. It is important to seek treatment for warts to prevent them from spreading or becoming more painful.

Treatment Options for Plantar Warts

There are several treatment options for plantar warts, including over-the-counter wart removal products, chemotherapy, cryotherapy, laser therapy, or surgery. It is important to consult with a podiatrist to determine the most appropriate treatment option based on the severity and location of the wart.

Will Warts Go Away Without Treatment?

While some warts may go away on their own, it is generally recommended to seek treatment to prevent them from spreading or becoming more painful. Additionally, untreated warts can take months or even years to go away, which can be frustrating for those experiencing discomfort.

Our Experienced Podiatrists in Sydney CBD are Here to Help

If you suspect you have contracted plantar warts or any other foot-related issues, our experienced podiatrists in Sydney CBD are here to help. Contact us today to schedule a consultation and learn more about our treatment options or simply CLICK HERE to organise a consultation. 

Daniel Graham
Podiatrist Sydney 

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