Verrucae / Plantar Warts
Warts and Painful Skin Conditions
These are also known as verrucas or viruses.
Warts are caused by a virus called the human papillomavirus (HPV) which enters the skin through cracks or other breaks in 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. This condition occurs most frequently among children or those who are immune-suppressed. These can spread easily and patients often notice 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 by a podiatrist 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.
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Content By: East Coast Podiatry Edited By: Dr Michael Lai, D.P.M.
Last Updated: 16 May 2019