Warts are often mistaken for other conditions such as corns or calluses, but a wart  is actually a viral infection which has invaded the skin.


Children, especially teenagers, tend to be more susceptible to warts than adults while some people seem to be immune.


A Wart can appear anywhere on the skin and those which are located on the sole of the foot are often called plantar warts. A Plantar wart is a regular wart, but being on a weight bearing surface it is pushed into the skin and becomes hard and flat, often resulting  in their true size being hidden. On non weight bearing surfaces Warts are generally raised and are often referred to as a Papilloma.  


It is possible to see one or more black pinpoints on the surface of the wart and athough some people may refer to these as the roots of the wart, they are in-fact tiny blood vessels within the wart itself. 


Like any other infectious lesion, plantar warts are spread by touching, scratching, or even by contact with skin shed from another wart.   The plantar wart is often contracted by walking barefoot on contaminated surfaces. The virus that causes plantar warts thrives in warm, moist environments, making infection a common occurrence in public bathing facilities, locker rooms and even can be transmitted when trying on a pair of shoes.


If left untreated, a single wart can grow to a size of 2-3 cm or more in circumference and can spread into clusters of warts known as a mosaic wart. Mosaic warts are the most resistant and difficult to treat.


Treatment options for warts in the past have been burning with acid preparations, freezing with liquid nitrogen and surgical removal.


Depending upon the size of the wart and its location all past treatments have had their limitations and varying degrees of success.


However, recently there has been a significant scientific breakthrough in the treatment of warts. Cutera USA has developed the GenesisPlus  laser for the safe and effective treatment of warts. Waverley Podiatry is the first Podiatry Clinic in Victoria to introduce the Cutera GenesisPlus Laser!


How does the GenesisPlus Laser work?

Genesis Plus is a Nd:YAG  1064nm laser with a depth penetration of 3 mm. When used to treat warts, the laser light is absorbed by the blood vessels inside the wart and their blood flow is shut down. Without a blood supply the wart simply dies.




How many treatments are required and how successful is it?

Most warts will require only 1-2 treatments and the success rate has been clinically tested to be 97%

Does it have Government and Medical approval?

The Cutera Genesis Plus is the only laser designed to treat warts and fungal nails that has TGA approval in Australia as well as FDA




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