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- Hard, flat growths on the soles of the feet
- Heaped-up calluses surrounding the wart surfaces
- Pain in the area of the warts
- For recurrent warts
- For those that fail to respond to initial treatment
- When over-the-counter therapies are not well-tolerated
- When the diagnosis is unclear
- Cryotherapy—freezing the warts to kill the virus
- Laser treatment—using a laser to kill the virus and destroy wart tissue
- Electrocautery treatment—burning the wart
- Hyperthermia treatment—applying heat to kill the virus
- Surgical removal—cutting out the warts (with anesthetic)
- Immune therapy—application of substances that stimulate the immune system’s response to the wart-causing virus
- Avoid walking barefoot, except on sandy beaches.
- Wear plastic sandals when showering in public bathrooms.
- Change your shoes and socks daily.
- Keep your feet clean and dry.
- Avoid direct contact with warts, either from other people or from other parts of the body.
The American Academy of Dermatology http://www.aad.org/
American Podiatric Medical Association http://www.apma.org/
About Kids Health http://www.aboutkidshealth.ca/
Canadian Podiatric Medical Association http://www.podiatrycanada.org/
Al-Gurairi FT, Al-Waiz M, Sharquie KE. Oral zinc sulphate in the treatment of recalcitrant viral warts: randomized placebo-controlled clinical trial. Br J Dermatol . 2002;146:423-431.
American Academy of Dermatology website. Available at: http://www.aad.org . Accessed July 16, 2009.
Plantar warts. Mayo Clinic website. Available at: http://www.mayoclinic.com/health/plantar-warts/DS00509 . Updated June 2009. Accessed July 21, 2009.
Warts. American Podiatric Medical Association website. Available at: http://www.apma.org/learn/FootHealth.cfm?ItemNumber=989 . Accessed July 16, 2009.
7/30/2010 DynaMed's Systematic Literature Surveillance DynaMed's Systematic Literature Surveillance : Huo W, Gao XH, Sun XP, et al. Local hyperthermia at 44 degrees C for the treatment of plantar warts: a randomized, patient-blinded, placebo-controlled trial. J Infect Dis. 2010;201(8):1169-1172.
- Reviewer: Purvee S. Shah, MD
- Review Date: 09/2012
- Update Date: 09/10/2012