Plantar Wart Treatment Perth
Doubleview Podiatry’s Swift Microwave Treatment vs. Traditional Treatments
What is a Plantar Wart?
You are probably asking this question because you’re wondering if you, or someone you know, have one. Plantar warts, also known as verrucae, are raised lumps on the skin that might feel rough or hard and may have little black dots that look like seeds.
Plantar warts are caused by the Human Papillomavirus (HPV), which loves warm, moist environments (such as public swimming pools, showers, and gyms). There are more than 100 different strains of HPV, but only some cause warts on the feet. It should be noted, however, that not everyone who comes into contact with the virus will develop warts – everyone’s immune system responds differently.
While they’re not related to pressure and can be found anywhere on the foot, most plantar warts tend to appear on the heels and other weight-bearing areas. If you are wondering how you should treat your wart, please contact us!
Symptoms of Plantar Warts
Plantar warts can appear in all sorts of shapes and sizes. As they’re a viral infection, tiny blood vessels are growing at the core (these often appear like little dark spots in the centre of the wart).
Some common symptoms that you may experience include:
A small, rough, grainy lesion (usually on the heel or ball of the foot, or sometimes on the toes) with a solid border and dark spots in the centre
Overlaying hard skin that has a yellowish appearance
Pain when the outside margins of the lesion are squeezed
Pain when walking (if the lesion is on a weight-bearing part of the foot)
If you experience any of the above symptoms, it’s recommended that you see a podiatrist sooner rather than later to get the wart under control.
Traditional Treatment for Plantar Warts
Traditionally, podiatrists treat plantar warts in a number of ways:
Salicylic acid works by peeling away the skin and removing the wart in layers. Acid treatment can be cumbersome due to the need to keep the wart dressed and requires weekly visits to your podiatrist for redressing.
This involves applying liquid nitrogen onto the wart and the surrounding area. The extremely cold temperature can be painful because it burns the skin, causing redness and a blister. This blister can interfere with your day-to-day activities and make exercising and walking very painful.
Freezing isn’t always effective and can involve visiting the Podiatrist every few weeks for treatment.
Surgery involves removing the wart through curettage or electrocautery. Both carry the risk of infection or permanent scarring. If the wart is on the bottom of the foot, this scarring can be a big issue – causing pain, discomfort and preventing you from returning to the activities you love.
Want to know if it’s a plantar wart or not?? Just come in for a complementary consultation.
Swift Microwave Treatment for Plantar Warts
Plantar warts are very common, especially in children, and can cause irritation and pain, depending on their location. Traditional wart treatments are often painful and, in some cases, may not be effective or even cause them to spread.
The latest and least invasive wart removal technology adopted by Doubleview Podiatry is the Swift Microwave, which uses microwave energy applied directly onto a plantar wart, prompting the body’s immune response to heal the affected area. With no after-effects or dressings required, the wart starts to slowly reduce over the coming weeks. Our treatment plan includes up to three treatments, with one month between sessions.
This treatment is performed in our Perth podiatry clinic and delivers a precise, highly controlled energy dose to the affected area. As microwaves travel into the tissue, water molecules begin colliding and create localised heat energy – releasing heat shock proteins that initiate an immune response against the plantar wart.
For most, the treatment causes limited pain or sensation. The treatment is such that you will walk out of our Podiatrist clinic and back to your regular activities immediately, unlike conventional treatments.
Frequently Asked Questions
- Is wart treatment covered by private health insurance?
This is a common question that does not have one simple answer. Firstly, you would need to confirm that you have podiatry coverage in your extras health fund policy. If you have podiatry cover, then you should be able to claim some portion of the fee. The level of rebate varies depending on which health fund you have the policy with and the level of coverage for this policy.
If you would like to check with your health fund how much of a rebate you could expect, the item numbers we use for claiming Swift Microwave Therapy are: Initial Consultation F004 and F541. Subsequent Consultation F012 and F541.
- How can I prevent plantar warts?
Warts are caused by a virus that loves warm, moist environments (such as public swimming pools, showers, and gyms). They are highly contagious and can be easily picked up by wandering around barefoot. To lessen the risk of being infected with a wart, you should always wear closed-in footwear (or, at a minimum, socks) when walking in public areas that are frequented by barefoot individuals. For areas like public showers, we recommend purchasing a pair of closed-in “reef” shoes that are designed to be worn in aquatic situations where the feet need some form of protection.
- What types of side effects can I expect from Swift Therapy?
Fortunately, side effects from Swift Therapy are very rare and minor. Worst case scenario, you may develop a small blister at the application site of the Swift tip. Swift treatment is not recommended for people who have implanted pacemakers, metal implants at the site of the wart, or are pregnant.
- What can happen if you leave a plantar wart untreated?
If left untreated, your wart can become painful, get bigger, or spread to other parts of your feet or body. If you already have a wart, you are carrying the wart virus and may be spreading it to family and friends.
- If I get rid of warts, will they come back?
Unfortunately, if you inadvertently come in contact again with the virus that causes warts, there is a possibility that a new infection will occur. Therefore, it is important to limit exposure to situations that will put you at risk of this occurring.
Why Choose Doubleview Podiatry?
We offer a range of specialty treatments to help our patients achieve the best quality of life, including Swift Microwave treatment, orthotics, and ingrown toenail bracing.
30 Years Experience
We are proud to be the foot centre of choice for the Perth area. We’re committed to giving our patients functioning feet to ensure they continue to live their best lives.
There is no one-size-fits-all approach when it comes to podiatry. We take the time to understand your condition and goals in crafting a custom plan.
Risk Factors for Plantar Warts
HPV is a slow-growing virus that is transmitted by either direct or indirect contact. That means you can get it from skin-to-skin contact with someone who is infected, or by touching a surface (such as floors, shoes, or socks) that someone has infected. As such, anyone can develop plantar warts.
Are plantar warts contagious? Yes, highly so. There are, however, some factors that increase your risk:
- Children and teenagers – they’re more common due to increased exposure and the fact they’re still building immunity
- Weakened immune systems
- Walking barefoot in communal areas – especially in places where HPV thrives (such as locker rooms and showers)
- Cuts, injuries, and other skin infections on the feet
- Having skin-to-skin contact with an infected person
Once you have contracted the HPV virus, it unfortunately stays in your system for life – even if there’s no current evidence of plantar warts on your feet. This means that there’s always a chance of developing plantar warts in the future.
Say Goodbye to Plantar Warts with Doubleview Podiatry
If you believe that you have developed plantar warts, there’s nothing to be embarrassed about – don’t put off treatment any longer than is necessary. These types of warts are quite common and are something that the team at Doubleview Podiatry is very experienced at treating. Whether you’re interested in Swift Microwave treatment or a more traditional treatment option (such as salicylic acid or liquid nitrogen), book an appointment today to discuss all your options.
Since working in podiatry, I have routinely witnessed the benefits that can be achieved through custom orthotic prescription. By combining video footage, pressure analysis, and biomechanical assessment, I have had fantastic results when tailoring customised orthotics as a part of clients rehabilitation programs. Orthotics play a pivotal role in comprehensive treatment programs, helping to adjust biomechanical deficiencies, reduce pain and return to activity. Throughout my life, I have also used orthotics to overcome several of my own foot and lower limb injuries, so understand things from a patient’s perspective.See Daniel's availability