A podiatrist’s treatment for plantar warts

Last update: 25 September 2021

A podiatrist’s treatment for plantar warts

Plantar warts are common skin lesions that can be quite unsightly. They are often harmless, although they can be infectious and unpleasant.

In reality, these growths on the foot might cause bleeding or create other issues such as irritation, pain, or infectious cellulitis in the long run.

Furthermore, if you are diabetic, elderly, or immunosuppressed, your plantar warts are more likely to cause problems.

Fortunately, plantar warts may be treated in a variety of ways to reduce the risk of infection and consequences. Let’s have a look at those.

Prescription medications

Your podiatrist can write you a prescription for painless wart treatment at home. The majority of these medicines are used topically.

Prescription medication care can:

  • Treat plantar warts at home;
  • Treat plantar warts completely painlessly.

However, this type of treatment…

  • Is usually longer lasting;
  • Must be flawlessly followed;
  • Has a lower success rate. 

Cantharone Plus or Cantharone

Cantharone Plus, also known as Canthacur PS, is a topical treatment for plantar warts.

Despite its high efficacy, this medicine is not accessible over the counter and must be administered by a podiatrist or a physician to the affected region. If not used appropriately, Cantharone Plus can cause burns. It’s especially crucial to avoid using it on a foot that has a cut or scrape. Follow-up appointments are also required to determine the efficacy of your treatment.

Treatments with Cantharone Plus can:

  • Eliminate plantar warts in 2-6 visits;
  • Leave no scarring;
  • Be used on children.

However, this type of treatment…

  • Is painful for a period of 2 to 4 days;
  • Requires regular visits to the podiatrist every 2 weeks.

Pharmaceutical treatments (bleomycin sulfate injection) 

Bleomycin Sulfate (also known as Bleomycin) is a very successful, precise, and strong drug for the treatment of the most obstinate plantar warts. Bleomycin, which is injected into the skin by a podiatrist using a needle-free injector, is becoming a more popular therapy due to its ease and quickness.

Bleomycin sulfate treatments can:

  • Effectively treat all types of plantar warts;
  • Stop more severe and resistant warts;
  • Reduce the number of visits to the podiatrist (mild to moderate cases rarely require more than one visit); 
  • Prevent human papillomavirus (HPV)-infected cells from multiplying.

However, this type of treatment…

  • Is not suitable for children;
  • Can be painful for a few seconds when injected;

Laser surgery for recalcitrant plantar warts

Laser surgery is appropriate for the most persistent plantar warts that have failed to respond to previous treatments. The laser’s goal is to damage the blood vessels in the plantar wart so that it may be totally removed. This form of minor foot surgery is only used as a last option to stop persistent warts from spreading.

Laser surgery can be used to:

  • “Burn” away recalcitrant plantar warts;
  • Treat warts that are resistant to other treatments;
  • Avoid the administration of medication;
  • Accelerate the duration of the treatment.

However, this type of treatment…

  • Can be painful; 
  • Can leave scars; 
  • Has a variable effectiveness depending on the photosensitivity of the patient. 

Liquid nitrogen

For less persistent warts, liquid nitrogen therapy is also helpful. It’s a type of cryotherapy that freezes the growth and leaves a blister where the plantar wart is. Over-the-counter cold therapies are available, although they are less effective than liquid nitrogen. Liquid nitrogen treatment needs a podiatrist’s follow-up and application by a qualified expert. It is critical to seek advice from your podiatrist before applying liquid nitrogen to the afflicted part of your foot.

Liquid nitrogen treatments allow you to: 

  • “Cold burn” plantar warts;
  • Treat plantar warts safely in pregnant or breastfeeding women.

However, this type of treatment…

  • Can be painful;
  • Is moderately effective;
  • Requires several visits to the podiatrist;
  • May cause scarring.

What happens once the treatment is completed?

After your podiatrist has treated your plantar warts, you should follow these guidelines to avoid recurrence:

  • Do not walk barefoot, especially in public places;
  • Air your feet well to keep them dry; 
  • Clean your feet with soap after walking in a public place.

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Do you want to learn more about how to treat plantar warts? Our website is full of invaluable resources to assist you!

To find the best solution for your problem, visit a podiatry clinic near you. It’s a fantastic method to say “goodbye” to plantar warts.

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