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Plantar Warts

Warts (verrucas) are one of several skin conditions that can be quite painful. They are typically caused by a virus that enters healthy tissue through micro abrasions, scrapes or cuts. Children and teenagers are mostly susceptible to warts and they tend to reoccur in people who have had them. It is also possible for a variety of more serious lesions to appear on the foot, including melanomas, carcinomas and malignant lesions. Although rare, these conditions can sometimes be misidentified as a wart. Dr Shrem is experienced at identifying and treating verruca (warts) on the foot and ankle. 

Plantar warts tend to be hard flat and have well defined boundaries. Verruca are painful with direct pressure or with compression from the sides. Warts tend to push into the skin and are larger than they appear. The virus that causes plantar warts thrives in warm, moist environments. It is common to get infected with the verruca virus while walking barefoot or sharing shoes / socks with people who have the virus.  Some common locations to get infected are locker rooms, gyms and pools. 

Treating by yourself is generally not advisable. Over-the-counter preparations contain acids or chemicals that can destroy skin cells. It takes a specialist to destroy only abnormal wart cells without destroying healthy skin cells. This is especially important in people with circulatory disorders, cardiovascular problems and diabetes.


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