Warts (verrucae) are lumpy growths caused by human papilloma virus infection of the epithelial (skin) cells. Warts seen on the feet are typically mosaic or plantar wart variations which are often resistant to topical Pharmacy preparations. Mosaic warts appear as a group of tightly clustered warts typically affecting the hands and soles of the feet. Plantar warts look like hard bumps and are often misdiagnosed as corns, they may have tiny black dots within them (as pictured) and typically affect the soles of the feet.
Warts are common, particularly during childhood with studies indicating up to one in five children have warts and that children aged 12 to 16 years are most commonly affected. Anyone can develop warts, factors that increase risk include:
Warts are a notorious source of frustration for both practitioners and patients alike, as no single treatment is completely effective for all patients. At Peak Performance Podiatry we only offer treatments with a strong evidence base indicating high levels treatment efficacy including:
CAUTION: If you have diabetes or a weakened immune system (for example, HIV) and have developed plantar warts, speak to your Podiatrist before undertaking any type of treatment. DO NOT attempt to remove a wart yourself by burning, cutting, tearing, picking, or any other method.
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