What You Need to Know about Plantar Warts
What Are Plantar Warts?
Plantar warts are noncancerous skin growths found on the sole of the foot. They develop beneath pressure points, such as heels or balls of the foot. This pressure can also cause a plantar wart to grow inward under a hard, thick layer of skin.
What Causes Plantar Warts?
Plantar warts are caused by one of the strains of the Human Papilloma Virus (HPV).
The virus thrives in warm, moist environments and a person can get infected through a simple cut or crack in the skin. The incubation period is unknown but has been estimated to vary from months to years.
Plantar warts are seen in all age groups, but they are most common among children 12-16 years of age.
There are a number of risk factors for the development of plantar warts including:
- Communal showers or walking barefoot in public areas such a public pool
- Weakened immune system
- Skin Trauma
Common symptoms of plantar warts include the following:
- Small, fleshy, grainy growths on the soles of your feet
- Pain when walking or standing
- Firm lesions with tiny pinpoint dark spots inside
- Located over areas of pressure or bony points such as the heel and ball of the foot
- Several warts may fuse to form mosaic warts
Plantar warts are often difficult to treat and self-treating usually fails. The most proven method of treating plantar warts is repeated application of specific chemicals or freezing completed at an Appletree Medical Centre.
Book Your Appointment Today
Plantar Wart Clinic appointments are available at the following locations:
1582 Bank Street, Unit 2, Ottawa
Monday 3:00pm – 6:00pm
Wednesday 2:30pm – 6:00pm
Thursday 3:00pm – 7:00pm
2116 Montreal Road, Unit 2, Ottawa
Monday 2:00pm – 6:00pm
Sunday 10:00am – 2:00pm
2948 Baseline Road, Ottawa
Monday 3:00pm – 6:00pm
225 Preston Street, Ottawa
Wednesday 8:30am – 2:00pm
2573 Baseline Road, Ottawa
Thursday 1:00pm – 5:00pm
Friday 1:00pm – 4:00pm
Sunday 9:00am – 12:00pm
368 Slater Street, Ottawa
Thursday 8:00am – 12:00pm
Saturday 9:00am – 12:00pm
2150 Robertson Road, Unit 4, Ottawa
Thursday 12:00pm – 3:00pm
1595 Merivale Road, Unit 1A-2, Ottawa
Friday 10:00am – 2:00pm
1309 Carling Avenue, Ottawa
Friday 12:00pm – 3:00pm
Greater Toronto Area
545 Steeles Avenue West, Unit 1A, Brampton
Monday 2:00pm – 5:00pm
Wednesday 2:00pm – 4:00pm
2025 Midland Avenue, Unit 100, Scarborough
Saturday 9:30am – 2:00pm
900 Albion Road, Toronto
Tuesday 4:00pm – 7:00pm
1450 O’Connor Drive, Unit 20, East York
Thursday 8:00am – 11:00am
4700 Keele Avenue, North York
Thursday 11:00am – 1:00pm
2077 Lake Shore Boulevard West, Toronto
Friday 1:00pm – 3:00pm
4062 Confederation Parkway, Mississauga
Saturday 10:00am – 1:00pm
What to expect at your appointment
Each treatment is by appointment. You will be assessed by the physician, and treated by a trained technician. Plantar warts usually resolve in 6-12 sessions. Plantar wart treatment is covered by OHIP.
After your appointment
We will provide you with online access to all of your medical results and reports, through your secure and confidential Patient Portal, so that you may access them from anywhere, at any time.
Frequently Asked Questions
Do I need a referral?
Will the treatment hurt?
Treatment with liquid nitrogen can cause discomfort while it is being applied. Both liquid nitrogen and the chemical agents can cause blisters that may be uncomfortable, but the discomfort does not typically last more than a few days.
Will I be able to walk/run/exercise after my treatment?
You may experience some discomfort from the treatment, but it shouldn’t prevent you from completing your usual activities.
Are Plantar Warts and Corns the same thing?
No. Plantar Warts are caused by the HPV virus, and corns are caused by excessive pressure and friction on your foot.
Are Plantar Warts contagious?
Yes. Plantar Warts are caused by the HPV virus and can be passed from one individual to another.
How many treatments are required?
Generally speaking, it takes between 6-12 weekly treatments to resolve a wart.