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Warts & all – Part 1

Woman washing hands with antiseptic disinfectant. Beautiful drop of liquid antiseptic falling to the hand palm

Written By

Shaheen Aumeer-Donovan
Philip Aumeer-Donovan

See bottom of page for author information

Posted 1st June 2023

As featured in the Mulgoa Valley District Gazette

Warts (verruca) are caused by a virus. They are highly contagious, and transmitted by either direct touch or by touching a surface contaminated with the wart virus. Warts can present as stand-alone lesions or can form in clusters (mosaic warts), and if they are on the bottom of the foot (plantar warts) they can be very painful.

Sole of foot showing a large mosaic wart.
Image 1 (featured image at top of page) - wart lesion.

Image 2 (directly above) – mosaic warts.

Preventing warts

Plantar warts are commonly caught where people frequently walk barefoot, such as public swimming pools and showers. The best way of preventing a viral infection on your feet is to wear footwear (like thongs) in public areas.

If you have a wart, it should be kept covered (and avoid scratching or picking at it) so you don’t spread the virus to other people, or to other areas of your body.

Treating warts*

Because warts are a virus, most treatment options rely on triggering the body’s natural immune system to fight the virus. Patients with a reduced immune system and patients who have had the warts for a long time will likely find that it takes longer to treat the virus.

Whenever a lesion appears, it is a good idea to visit your podiatrist for an initial assessment to first determine what it is. Sometimes corns, foreign embedded objects, and even skin cancers can be mistaken for warts, so it is important to get a proper diagnosis before commencing treatment. Podiatrists can treat warts on both feet and also hands.

Generally with warts, the earlier the intervention, the easier it is to get rid of them.

1. No treatment

Sometimes the best treatment option is to wait and see if the body’s natural immune system will kick in and kill the virus. The podiatrist can remove any hard skin around the lesion, and sometimes we even find that the wart has already been killed and is removed in this process. This can be a good option particularly for very young patients, and very small wart lesions. If we are seeing that the wart is starting to grow, spread or become painful, then a more active approach to treatment should be taken.

Tune in next month for our discussion on other treatment options for warts!

* For general information only – a healthcare professional must be seen for tailored advice

If you have any questions, please give us a call, email us, or send us a message – we’ll be happy to chat with you to discuss your needs.

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Authors

Shaheen Aumeer-Donovan

Shaheen is our Practice Manager. She works hard behind the scenes to ensure that the clinics run smoothly, best practices are being followed, and the staff have everything they need to look after the Repairs Afoot family. While a stickler for the paperwork, she’s also a little quirky and loves using her creativity to find new ways to encourage people to look after their feet.

Philip Aumeer-Donovan

Philip is our esteemed Clinical Manager and resident foot-whisperer. He has over 21 years of experience as a podiatrist and has been mentoring new graduates in the profession for over 12 years. He hasn’t met a sore foot he didn’t want to treat, which is why he has strived to build a clinic that can help patients with any kind of foot issue, and is committed to continuing education to ensure he is up-to-date with any new developments that could be beneficial for his patients. It is also why he is believes strongly in sharing his knowledge with the wider community.