warts-05Wart removal can be done on the same day, under local anaesthetic, with no stitching and no pain.

Warts, plantar warts or verrucae pedis are local growths in the skin that are caused by human papillomavirus (HPV) infection. Plantar warts can be very unsightly and often painful especially when located on weight bearing surfaces. Commonly they will gradually increase in size, multiply and spread to the opposite foot or other people.

The first line of treatment can include caustics or freezing. This can be attempted to remove these lesions, however this if often a prolonged and painful process, if this proves unsuccessful then a simple minor procedure can be carried out known as “curettage”. This is done under local anaesthetic in a minor ops room, usually on the same day as the initial consultation. Total numbness is ensured before hand and the plantar wart is removed. No stitching is required and pain is totally controlled. Approximately 2 days of reduced activity is required before a dressing change is carried out. This can be carried out in the consultation room or can be done in a local podiatrists practise locally. Typically it will take 2-4 weeks to fully heal and reduced activities are desirable during this time.

If adequate recuperation time is allocated then complications are rare although on occasions it may take longer to fully heal and scarring has been known to occur.

If you are booking in for this please inform the receptionist when making your appointment.