Plantar warts are benign dermal tumours that appear on the contact areas of the sole of the foot. They are caused by a human papillomavirus infection (HPV), which is often contracted in public places such as locker rooms and pools. Without treatment, plantar warts tend to grow and proliferate, making treatment more difficult. Since plantar warts can resemble other lesions, establishing whether the lesions actually are plantar warts is important before initiating treatment.
In general, VPH infections show no symptoms. However, plantar warts can be painful if they appear in an area where pressure is applied.
Patients suffering from diabetes or other serious illnesses should never attempt to treat plantar warts on their own. They risk hurting and exposing themselves to serious complications.
No treatment that is completely effective in all cases currently exists. Generally, over-the-counter preparations sold in pharmacies are rarely useful as plantar warts are very thick lesions that are difficult to penetrate for medication.
Liquid nitrogen treatment is generally preferred. This treatment has a low success rate for removing plantar warts and is rather painful.
For children, podiatrists recommend a form of treatment that is non-aggressive and almost painless, which consists in a manual debridement procedure after applying medication to the affected area. There are many ways of treating plantar warts, each with their own highly variable pain levels, effectiveness, and costs. The number of necessary follow-up visits depends on the selected medication for the treatment. Clinique podiatrique de l’Estrie podiatrists will help you select the treatment that best suits your needs.