The most important treatment is to know you are treating a wart and not a corn or callus. Our Podiatrists can examine your wart carefully to determine that it is not a corn or a callus. A wart will usually feel painful when a podiatrist squeezes it from side to side. To examine the wart further, the hard skin layer around it may need to be trimmed by our podiatrists. A wart will have certain spots that bleed when trimmed; a callus will not.
How Can Our Podiatrists Treat Warts?
There are many ways to treat verrucae (warts), depending on their size and location. Medications, needling, surgical removal (curettage), or a combination, may be effective treatments to remove warts. A few of the possible treatment methods are described below; freezing (cryotherapy) or burning may also be used to treat warts. Even after warts are removed, they may recur.
Medication– The wart is broken down by applying an acidic medication. Blister-forming medication may also be used. Treatment may need to be repeated over several weeks.
Curettage-The wart is removed with a small, spoon shaped instrument (curette). To lessen pain, a local anaesthetic is used with this surgical procedure (see below example of several mosaic warts that were curettage by Reza Naraghi, our Podiatric Surgeon. Please be assured that if you are at all anxious with the procedure or have a needle phobia we can administer Penthrox inhaler (known as ‘happy gas’). Dr Reza Naraghi being a podiatric surgeon can also issue oral sedation medication to help with local anaesthetic injections.
Needling-This treatment allows an immune system response to stimulate the body to fight and remove the wart virus. Please refer to Dr Naraghi’s research paper in Journal of American Podiatric Medical Association where needling versus liquid nitrogen cryotherapy for the Treatment of Pedal Warts was researched.