Verruca Pedis Treatment: Verruca Pedis or as they are more commonly known Plantar Warts they are caused by the human papilloma virus. The virus gains entry to the skin through micro trauma and abrasions to the skin more correctly the stratum corneum which is the outer layer of the skin. Plantar warts may take weeks to months to become evident.
A Verruca Pedis or plantar wart is a small lesion which appears on the plantar surface of the foot when looked at closely it resembles a cauliflower with tiny black spots or petechiae in the middle. They can be differentiated from common corns by observing the skin straie (like fingerprints) with a verruca the straie run up to the wart and then diverge around the wart, with corns the straie run straight through the corn. Verruca Pedis (Plantar warts) are more painful when you “pinch” them whereas corns are more painful with direct pressure.
Common treatments include acids and pastes there is currently no vaccine to treat warts, Cryotherapy is a very common form of treatment. At Brighton Podiatry we are using the latest form of treatment to eradicate Verruca Pedis (plantar warts) that is laser.
Treatment of Plantar Warts with Laser involves destroying the viral tissue with a laser. The skin will form a mild Blister and over the next few weeks the tissue including the wart will slough off. There is minimal pain to the patient most (dependent on size of the wart) say they feel minor discomfort for only a few days. With laser therapy to destroy verruca it generally takes only one treatment.
Pictures of treatment of VerrucaPedis (Plantar Warts) using Laser.