Plantar Warts – Armadale

Warts are a result of the most common viral infection of the skin. Plantar warts grow on the plantar surface, or the sole, of the foot. They can be found anywhere n this area but tend to produce symptoms in areas of pressure and friction. The virus that causes warts, The Humanpapilloma virus (HPV) infects only the superficial layer of the skin, producing a thickened callus-like growth that, if located in an area subjected to pressure, can become tender

plantart-wartsMost warts will resolve spontaneously. Treatment may become necessary if they are painful and inhibit a person’s ability to walk.

Each person’s immune system responds differently to HPV, so not everyone who comes into contact with the virus develops warts. Even people in the same family react to the virus differently.

The HPV strains that cause plantar warts aren’t highly contagious, therefore it isn’t easily transmitted by direct contact from one person to another. However the virus does thrive in a warm, moist environment such as shower floors, locker rooms and public swimming areas.

The virus also needs to have a point of entry into the skin:

-Cracks in dry skin

-Cuts or scrapes

-Wet, softened, fragile skin from prolonged water exposure.

The incubation period (the period of time between infection and production of visible skin lesion) is unknown but may vary from months to years. If simple home therapy fails to resolve the problem, seek a professional opinion from one of our experienced podiatrist