Podiatry Services

Foot Wart Removal & Treatment

The big question is always, “Is it a corn or a wart?” because they can present so similarly. That is the most important reason to seek the help of a podiatrist. Warts and corns have different causes and therefore different treatment methods. Some are very painful while others are not, but as a viral infection, they are contagious and require treatment.

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What are Foot Warts?

Foot warts, also known as verrucas, are common skin growths caused by the human papillomavirus (HPV). These growths can appear on various parts of the feet, such as the soles or toes. They often have a rough texture and a distinctive appearance with tiny black dots that are actually small blood vessels. While foot warts are generally harmless, they can cause discomfort and pain when walking.

Our Treatment Approach for Foot Warts

We understand that foot warts can be bothersome and uncomfortable. Our team of experienced podiatrists is dedicated to providing effective wart removal treatments. Our approach is tailored to the specific type and location of the wart. Some of the treatments we offer include:

Chemical therapy

This involves applying a special solution containing salicylic acid, silver nitrate or other chemicals to the wart, which helps to break down the wart tissue.


This involves freezing the wart repeatedly, using liquid nitrogen, causing the wart to gradually fall off.

Faulkner Needling

This involves the mechanical destruction of the infected cells as well as an inoculation for the body’s immune system to attack the virus from the inside out.

Different Types of Foot Warts We Treat

Although foot warts are caused by the same virus, they can have variations in their appearance, which include

Plantar Warts

These warts appear on the soles of the feet and can be painful due to the pressure exerted while walking.

Common Warts

These warts have a rough surface and can appear on any part of the foot. They might have a cauliflower-like appearance.

Filiform Warts

These warts have a long, thread-like appearance and often appear around the toes or on the face.

Flat Warts

These warts are generally smaller and smoother than other types and can appear in clusters on the feet.

FAQs on Foot Wart Removal by Podiatrist

Q: Are foot wart treatments painful?

A: Most treatments are generally well-tolerated, with minimal discomfort. Some may cause mild pain or discomfort during and after the procedure. Faulkner needling requires local anaesthetic.

Q: Is there a risk of warts coming back?

A: While our treatments aim to completely remove the foot wart, there is a small chance of recurrence. We provide aftercare instructions to minimise this risk.


Q: How long does the treatment take?

A: The duration of the treatment varies depending on the type and size of the foot wart. Some treatments may require multiple sessions for complete removal.

Q: Can I walk immediately after the treatment?

A: Yes, our treatment options range from non-invasive to only minimally invasive techniques. Our podiatrists will prepare you as to what to expect after the procedure that is best for you.

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