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Plantar Wart Treatment Darwin

What is Plantar Wart?

Also known as Verruca Pedis, plantar wart is a common skin condition that appears on the soles of our feet and is caused by the human papilloma virus (HPV).

They vary in size, depth, painful symptoms and can appear as a single lesion or in clusters.

A person’s immunity plays a part in this condition which means there is a higher tendency for warts to appear in people with compromised or lower immunity such as children or people with diabetes.


Plantar warts are commonly misdiagnosed as corns and calluses, therefore it is important to seek treatment early with a podiatrist when in doubt.


Typical Appearance

  • Tiny black dots in the middle

  • Callus around the wart

  • Can be painful when side-to-side pressure is applied (pinching)

  • Single or multiple warts

  • On the soles of feet or toes


Causes and Risk Factors of Plantar Warts

  • Direct skin contact or exposure to the virus

  • Indirect transmittal from contaminated surfaces such as swimming pool area

  • Cracks in the skin or other breaks in the skin

  • Feet that sweat excessively (hyperhidrosis)

Wart Treatments

1) Wart Laser Removal

Laser wart treatment is non-invasive and is effective at targeting and eliminating wart tissues. Wart removal using laser saves time by reducing the number of treatment sessions required. 

2) Acid Treatment

A keratolytic agent, medical grade strength acid can be applied topically in an occlusive treatment method which works by debriding the skin layers. Salicylic acid wart treatment is painless which is suitable for children.

3) Cryotherapy

Traditionally used in the treatment of plantar warts, this involves using liquid nitrogen to freeze the wart tissue. Due to the thickness of the skin in the foot, cryotherapy may require multiple treatment sessions.

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