Warts

By Andrew Carter

Verrucae Pedis is a papilloma or wart located on the foot caused by a strain of human papilloma virus. Whereas most warts on other areas of the body grow out from the skin, plantar foot warts are forced into the skin from weight-bearing pressure.

Warts are often confused with calluses and other skin lesions. Warts differ from other lesions in that they house numerous small blood vessels and are irregular in shape. Pain is usually elicited when squeezed rather than direct pressure.

There are numerous treatments for warts. Sometimes warts resolve over time, as the body is able to fight against the viral infection present in the lesion. This occurs less frequently with plantar warts due to irritation from weight-bearing.

Chemical treatments are usually the first line of treatment. Mild chemicals are available over the counter at pharmacies. Stronger preparations are used at this clinic. This form of treatment is usually painless and can be quite successful.

If chemical treatments fail, surgical excision of the lesion may be performed in the clinic. This is performed under local anaesthetic.

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