Warts occur commonly on the feet and can be difficult to treat. Unlike many dermatological conditions that present superficially on the feet, warts are caused by a virus, known as the Human Papilloma Virus.

As the cause of a wart is systemic (i.e. a virus), removal of the wart does not guarantee it will not reoccur. All wart treatments, ranging from ointments to surgical removal, aim to trigger the body’s immune system to develop a resistance to the virus. There is no cure for the virus at present.

Your podiatrist can advise on appropriate treatment of plantar warts, including removal of the wart under local anaesthetic if required.