These are also known as verrucas or viruses.
Warts are caused by a virus which enters the skin. This virus is common in Singapore due to our warm and moist environment. It 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.
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 to/left alone.
Plantar warts removal can cause discomfort. It is recommended to wear a comfortable pair of shoes to the clinic and allow a few hours of rest after treatment.
It is not recommended to use off the shelf products for warts unless you have seen the podiatrist or doctor beforehand. These products often contain acid based ingredients which burn the wart and the surrounding skin, they are not recommended especially for diabetics.