Plantar Warts

Plantar warts are a common viral infection caused by strains of human papilloma virus, which are inoculated into the skin and can cause are painful lesion or keratosis to develop. The condition is highly contagious and can be transmitted between individuals, or within the same person at multiple sites, leading to the development of a multiple verrucae or mosaic warts.


Generally treatment for this condition in acute stages involves non-surgical methods such as salicylic acid applications, cryotherapy, or laser-based cauterisation. Approximately 30% of lesions do not respond to these standard treatments and may require surgical treatment to resolve the problem. Surgery is routinely performed for plantar warts which are resistant to treatment, and involves excision of the lesion by curettage +/- electrocautery of the site.

This procedure can be performed under a local anaesthetic as an office-based procedure at our practice in Cottesloe, or may alternately be performed within a hospital under a general anaesthetic in the case of multiple warts being present. The aftercare is usually straightforward and the treatment rarely leads to scarring or lesion recurrence.

Please note:

This website is intended for general information purposes only. Any surgical or invasive procedure carries risks. Before proceeding, you should seek a second opinion from an appropriately qualified health practitioner. For more information, follow the link to make an appointment to see our specialist podiatric surgeons Dr. Andrew Knox & Dr Burke Hugo.