Warts develop when a contagious virus (HPV, the Human Papillomavirus) invades the skin via cuts or abrasions, growing into small bumps that appear anywhere on the skin. When left untreated, they can grow up to an inch or more, forming clusters and spreading to other parts of the body. They are often pale in colour with gray or brown spots. They can also develop an uneven surface and a cauliflower-like texture over time.
Plantar warts are warts that appear on the soles of the feet. If you see a bump on the sole of your foot that increases in size or spreads over time, it is likely to be a plantar wart. Depending on its location, warts can also cause great pain especially when weight or pressure is involved. This usually happens with warts that grow at the ball of the foot or at the heel.
What can a podiatrist do for me?
Podiatry treatment is one of the safest and least painful methods of removing warts. The podiatrist may apply various medications to expose the wart tissue after debridement, so as to remove it effectively. The wart can also be treated with cryotherapy, which involves the freezing of tissues below -60°C. It will take about 4 – 8 sessions for a standard wart to be resolved.