Plantar wart treatment

Plantar wart treatment

Plantar wart treatment has evolved considerably over the years.

Nowadays it is possible to remove them with a variety of treatments, even with laser treatments. Removal normally requires 1 or 2 treatment sessions, depending on the severity of the case.

Find out how your podiatrist can provide treatment for your plantar warts.

What is a plantar wart?

A plantar wart is a skin lesion caused by a viral infection: the human papillomavirus (HPV). It appears as a rough, round, grainy hump, and by various other symptoms, such as pain on pinching of the lesion or when walking. The plantar wart usually appears on the pressure points of the foot, like the heel and sole of the foot.

Although HPV is a benign virus, it is strongly recommended to consult a podiatrist to treat plantar warts quickly to prevent them from spreading or multiplying. Treatment will depend on the age of the patient, the type of wart, and its location.

Possible treatments

Prescription medication

This treatment allows you to:

  • Treat plantar warts at home
  • Remove them painlessly
  • Multipurpose treatment

However:

  • This type of treatment normally takes longer
  • Due diligence is required
  • Success rates are lower

Canthacur

Canthacur PS is not available over the counter and must be applied to the infected area by a podiatrist or doctor.

This treatment allows you to:

  • Eliminate plantar warts within 2 to 4 visits
  • Leaves no scar
  • May be applied in the case of children

However:

  • Painful treatment lasting from 2 to 4 days
  • Treatment that can hinder placing a load on the feet
  • Frequent visit to the podiatrist for 2 weeks

Drug therapy (bleomycin sulfate powder injections)

Bleomycin sulfate is normally administered into the wart using a needleless injector that provides rapid and accurate treatment.

This treatment allows you to:

  • Effectively treat all types of plantar warts
  • Rarely requires more than 1 visit for mild to moderate cases
  • Provides treatment for more serious and resistant warts
  • Stops HPV-contaminated cells from multiplying

However:

  • Cannot be used to treat children
  • Cannot be used to treat women during pregnancy
  • Causes more pain during treatment
  • Sometimes causes a very painful bruise

Laser or minor surgery

This treatment allows you to:

  • “Burn off” plantar warts
  • Treat warts that resist other forms of treatment
  • Avoid administering medication
  • Quick process
  • No pain following normal treatment

However:

  • Treatment can be painful
  • Effectiveness depends on the photosensitivity of the patient
  • Risk of scarring
  • May prevent placing a load on the feet for 2-4 days
  • Wound care sometimes required

Liquid nitrogen

This treatment allows you to:

  • “Burn off” plantar warts
  • Treat minor plantar warts
  • Avoid administering medication
  • May be used to treat women during pregnancy or nursing

However:

  • Treatment is painful
  • Moderately effective
  • Several visits are normally required
  • May result in tissue scarring

After the treatment

Avoid the reappearance of a plantar wart

Once your plantar warts have been treated by your podiatrist, follow these steps to ensure they don’t come back:

  • Do not walk barefoot, especially in public areas
  • Ensure your feet are properly aerated to keep them dry
  • Wash your feet with soap after walking barefoot in a public area

Say goodbye to your plantar warts thanks to proper podiatric treatment.