Plantar warts are warts that occur on the bottom surface of the foot, the plantar surface. We also treat warts that occur on the top of toes. Sometimes warts are misdiagnosed as corns as they may look similar. Warts are a virus whereas corns are hard skin that form due to abnormal pressure from shoes or foot posture.
Plantar warts look different to other warts as they often have callous (dry skin) which forms over the top, making them harder to treat effectively with over the counter wart treatments. They are caused by a viral infection and are contagious and spread to family members and in public places such as swimming pools and showers. Warts can be painful and are known to multiply.
Here at the Brindabella Podiatry, we have many years experience treating warts and we successfully eradicate warts by removing the overlying dead skin carefully and then using our potent 70% Nitric Acid solution. There is a slight burning feeling for a while after treatment but it is less painful than many other wart treatments available. 2-3 treatments are usually required about 1-2 weeks apart. If there are multiple warts or very large warts, treatment will take longer.
During the weeks that your wart is being treated, it is important to keep it covered with a dressing or sports tape to minimise the chance of your wart spreading further to yourself and others.