Plantar warts or verrucae are skin growths called hyperkeratotic lesions which develop particularly on the pressure areas of the feet such as the heel and ball. They are caused by HPV or Human Papilloma virus types 1, 2 and 4, tending to affect women more than men. Due to the uncommon place in which they grow, they cause great discomfort and pain.
Some verrucae do have a tendency to go away on their own, but generally take up to two years to do so, but are too painful to ignore. In general some plantar warts can develop resistance and will require a more specialized treatment for removal.
They are highly contagious, being spread by person-to-person contact, by using communal showers, walking bare foot in gyms and in other public places.
In order to determine that you indeed suffer from verrucae or plantar warts, you need to undergo a clinical exam performed by a specialized GP. The practitioner will also take into consideration your medical history and assess your current medical condition. The wart will be examined for number, spread, location, size, shape, colour and texture. Only after an expert consultation, will the GP be able to determine that you indeed suffer from verrucae and not other skin condition that may resemble it, like: corns, calluses, black heel, verrucous squamous cell carcinoma (skin cancer of the feet), arsenic induced keratosis, actinic keratosis, cutaneous horn, lichen planus, lichen nitidus, molluscus contagiosum, seborrhoeic keratosis, etc.
Our Renew Skin & Health Clinic has expert practitioners who come from various fields of expertise meaning that you will be given the correct diagnosis. You will be briefed with all the information you require and you will be offered advice on what options you have or how to proceed further. Moreover, we can help you with verrucae or plantar wart removal by undergoing a private treatment with one of our specialists, with the DEKA CO2 laser vaporization which not only helps remove the physical wart but also eliminates the HPV from the area. It is a minimally invasive, non-surgical, scarless procedure which is painless and last only a few minutes.
Feel free to contact our Renew Skin & Health Clinic’s Head Office in order to schedule a consultation and ensure that you get your beautiful feet back, in a short time and with no pain. We are waiting for you and any questions you may have.