Plantar Wart Treatment

Plantar Wart Treatment

Plantar warts can sometimes develop nerve endings within the lesion this results in a very painful plantar wart. Patients find it extremely difficult to carry on their normal day to day activities without almost constant pain. This type of wart makes plantar wart treatment very difficult.

Plantar warts get in to the bottom of the foot through typically some sort of micro trauma. Walking barefoot on the pavement is enough to develop the micro trauma that will enable the Human Papilloma Virus to inoculate the foot with a plantar wart. Some patients will get this micro trauma from the non-slip surface around swimming pools and this is also a good place to be inoculated with the plantar wart virus. As other people with warts already on their feet will slough small bits of tissue infected with the wart virus the combination of micro trauma and infected tissue leads to the development of Plantar Warts.

Plantar Wart Treatment


Research on different forms of plantar wart treatment will yield many suggested forms of  treatment. Some of these methods include duct tape, acids, freezing with liquid nitrogen, banana skin and the list just goes on and on.

As a professional who specialises in plantar wart treatment we look for a treatment method that has the following qualities.

It is repeatable and reliable, that is that it will work successfully on a very high percentage of patients that it is used on.

It must cause minimal pain to the patient whilst the plantar wart treatment process is in progress.

Firstly I must stress that these lesions are very stubborn and they are difficult to resolve. Plantar wart treatment should commence as early as possible otherwise the plantar warts may spread and grow in size making any form of treatment more difficult.

The photos below are of a patient that recently had a plantar wart treatment in out clinic, his history is quite interesting:

Plantar Wart Treatment Before and After

Plantar Wart Treatment Before and After

Plantar Wart Treatment

Patient History

He is a 35 year old male he presented with one plantar wart on the Left foot behind the great toe the wart has had plantar wart treatment before as follows.

He went to a Podiatrist and had the wart burnt with a solution of Salicylic Acid for several months there was no noticeable result and in fact the plantar wart became more painful.

He then decided to seek a second opinion and went to a second Podiatrist he was treated further with more acid treatment and again there was no result.

He then decided to visit a General Practitioner who initially froze the plantar wart with liquid nitrogen after several months when there was still no result he decided to apply more acid to the area suggesting it was “almost gone” but a month later it was still there and causing pain. The General Practitioner then referred him to a Dermatologist.

The Dermatologist suggested the use of duo film gel and wrapping the foot in Gladwrap and taking Vitamin D and Zantac orally after several months there was no result.

The Patient then made an appointment to see Dr Greg Bastin at Brighton Podiatry. Dr Bastin specialises  in the treatment of plantar warts. Dr Bastin has pioneered the use of laser for plantar wart treatment. He has lectured in China on the use of this plantar wart treatment.

This patient was very sceptical after spending a considerable amount of both time and money to find a plantar wart treatment that worked. Dr Bastin explained the procedure and the patient decided to go ahead with the treatment.

We initially asked the patient to return in 1 week as the wart was badly damaged with the continual use of acid this time allowed the Wart to dry out. We then treated this patient with one session of laser and apart from around 3 days of minor discomfort the patient felt almost nothing. After 9 short weeks the Plantar Wart resolved there was no further pain from this lesion, the patient was extremely happy. He wishes he had visited us before wasting his time and money on other forms of treatment.

If you are suffering from Plantar Warts visit the experts in plantar wart treatment first and save yourself a lot of heartache.

Brighton Podiatry

Expert Plantar Wart Treatment


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