What Is a Plantar Wart and How Did I Get One?

A plantar wart, also known as a verruca pedis, is a highly infectious skin condition caused by the human papilloma virus that appears on the feet.


Warts appear as a small, raised bump on the skin which can feel smooth or can also have a rough surface. In some cases, a wart can have small black dots present in the centre.  Warts can appear in clusters or just singular and in some cases they can be painful and/or uncomfortable.

Warts are easy to contract, some cases include; if you have broken skin and walk barefoot on an area where someone who has a wart has walked, direct contact with a wart, walking around public pools or using public showers with no thongs, or attending nail salons and using treatments that involve a foot spa that has not been cleaned properly.

There are a few different ways of treating warts, which your podiatrist can talk to you about.


But in the mean time some things to keep in mind if you have a wart;

  •         Don’t share towels.
  •         Make sure you clean the shower floor after showering.
  •         Don’t walk around bare foot.
  •         Do not pick or scratch a wart.
  •         If you go to a public pool or use a public shower wear thongs around the pool and in the shower.



If you are suffering from a wart come, see one of our skilled podiatrist who will assess your area of concern and will create a treatment plan according to your needs. Don’t keep that wart sitting there too long, as in some cases can make it more resistant to treatment


or Call us on 03 8645 9888


Melissa Biedak

Melissa Biedak


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