Plantar warts, also known as verrucaes, are benign noncancerous growths that occur on the soles or other weight bearing areas of the foot. Pressure from standing and walking often causes them to grow inwards into deep layers of the skin.
The human papilloma virus (HPV) invades the body through tiny cuts or breaks in the skin on the bottom of the foot. The virus often transmitted via contaminated surfaces such as tiled floors of gyms and swimming pools, yoga mats and most recently through unsterile instruments at pedicure spas.
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Over-the-counter pharmacy medications contain chemicals that destroy skin cells (e.g. acid) damaging healthy tissue surrounding the wart contributing to it's spreading. Self-treatment for plantar warts using an over-the-counter preparation is not recommended.
At Katie Nilan Podiatry we are able to tailor treatment specifically to your age, activities and medical history.
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Katie Nilan is a podiatrist who is passionate about what she does. She has written for the Australian Women's Health Magazine & was awarded "Pride of professionalism and services to Community Award" by Sydney Rotary. She has represented Australia in 3 sports: swimming, triathlon & surf lifesaving.