These are also known as verrucas or viruses.
Warts are caused by a virus which enters the skin. This virus sits just below the skin causing pain and embarrassment. Most often they are picked up by children or those immune-suppressed. These are spread easily with patients noticing more than one lesion present on their foot.
Most warts are harmless and benign. Pain occurs when the callus over the wart becomes thick or the area experiences a lot of pressure. When warts are debrided they often bleed and have increased pain when the lesion is squeezed between your fingers.
What can our podiatrist do for you?
The lesion(s) will be assessed and determine if you are suitable for sharp debridement, silver nitrate, cryotherapy (liquid nitrogen) or for the lesion to be referred on/left alone.
Treatment for warts can cause discomfort. It is recommended to wear a comfortable pair of shoes to clinic and to rest for a few hours after treatment.
It is not recommended to use off the shelf products for warts unless you have seen the podiatrist or doctor before hand. These products often contain acid based ingredients which burn the wart and the surrounding skin, especially in diabetics these are not recommended.