Warts are a stubborn skin growth that develop from an infection of the Human Papilloma Virus (HPV). They are often a source of frustration to people because they look abnormal to the rest of the skin, they can get knocked and then bleed easily and profusely, they are contagious and are typically painful, stubborn and hard to treat.
So what are plantar warts?
Plantar warts are essentially the same thing as warts anywhere else on the body with one small difference— they are underneath your feet! So what’s the big deal with that? Well, every time you put your foot on the ground it hurts because you have a prominent skin growth underneath that adds to the pressure of that area. To make matters worse, if it was already difficult to remove stubborn warts elsewhere in the body, plantar warts are typically harder again! This is because there is usually an extra layer of dead skin (callous) that develops over the top of the wart which makes it even more uncomfortable and even more difficult to apply the treatments directly to the wart itself.
How are they treated?
Because warts are an infection, most conventional treatments aim to trigger an immune response in which the body rejects and destroys a foreign object, in this case the wart growth. The most effective way to achieve this response is to damage the surrounding skin and underlying dermal tissues of the wart. This hopefully brings the body’s vascular supply (and associated inflammatory markers and immune cells) into contact with the virus. Once these cells come into contact with the virus they generally react similar to any other infection of the skin of the body – with redness, tenderness, swelling and exuding pus and sebaceous fluids. The wart then is destroyed and comes away within a couple of days and can leave a small wound behind that can be quite painful to walk on.
What are the problems with conventional treatment methods?
The unfortunate reality with these conventional methods is that they often have one of two issues*:
- No immune response – whether it’s a person’s poor immunity that prevents a good reaction or just per chance the immune cells do not recognise the “foreign body” – essentially the patient endures all the pain and the frustration of keeping the foot dry and clean for 5 days without any of the benefit! AND… then they have to go through the whole process again in the hope that it may have a better effect next time!
- The wart is effectively destroyed by all outward accounts and then comes back in 6 months’ time! – meaning another process of pain and frustration!
*This is particularly true for plantar warts.
What are the alternatives?
New innovations in wart treatment aim to cauterise the wart tissue itself. Similar to conventional methods that aim to expose the wart tissue’s roots, but not with a view to trigger an immune response. Rather, they destroy the wart tissue from the roots up! The new specialised formula made from a natural combination of Cashew Plant (Anacardium occidentale) Fig Plant (Ficus Carica) Greater Celandine Plant (Chelidonium Majus) and Lemon (Citrus Limon) has been showing some profoundly positive results. So much so that the company making this product actually guarantee’s it’s results! Unheard of in wart treatments!
How is this new treatment applied?
You can purchase the ointment yourself and attempt wart removal – the ointment is called Wart Mole Vanish. It usually retails for around $79.00AU and has instructions in the pack. With that said, especially for treatment of plantar warts, it may be worth seeking assistance from your podiatrist who specialises in plantar warts particularly. At the moment, you can have the Wart Mole Vanish applied to your plantar warts for just $66AU in conjunction with your consultation and preparation.
What will happen at my podiatrist appointment?
When you arrive at your appointment the podiatrist will assess your wart and discuss with you the methods and expectations of treatment. The podiatrist will then thoroughly and carefully debride the wart of all overlying callous and expose the wart roots. The podiatrist will then apply the Wart Mole Vanish ointment to the area and confirm it has taken effect and cauterised the wart roots before allowing it to dry and dressing it appropriately. You will note a sharp stinging effect from the treatment which will subside after around 10-20min’s. After 1 day you will be able to remove your dressing and go about your regular activities without having to worry about protecting the area!