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Frogs and Toads, Warts and All.


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Frogs and Toads, Warts and All.

Jane Lawler

This month we talk to Michael Taranto about new hope for patients with plantar warts.

“Like a lot of little boys growing up, I was told that touching frogs gave you warts. Of course, this is a myth – don’t blame the poor old frog!” says Michael Taranto.

There is only one cause of warts, and that is the human papillomavirus (HPV).  HPV causes rapid growth of the skin, resulting in raised bumps on the outer layer of the skin. “In podiatry terms, we talk about plantar warts as a soft tissue condition. The virus causes them, but invades the skin often through almost invisible cuts” Michael explains.  “At the risk of sounding pedantic, technically only those warts on the sole of the foot are called plantar warts, “he adds, “but there is no doubt most patients find warts anywhere on the feet quite painful.”

While using creams to soften and separate warts in general is nothing new, Michael and his team have recently been impressed by some excellent results produced from a topical agent used to treat plantar warts. Clinical treatment and application at one and a half to two week intervals has given optimum results.. However, in rarer cases it has been advisable for the patient to return one day after treatment for puncturing or curettage to help relieve discomfort.

Greenmount resident Kylee Ingram was one of the earlier Junction patients to respond well. “After hobbling around Asia on holiday, wondering what had happened to my foot, I was told I might need surgery. But when I came to see Alix at Junction, she suggested we try a relatively new treatment. It painlessly solved the problem within a week and it has never resurfaced”, Kylee shares. “This was 12 months ago now”.

“This is fairly new to Podiatry practice and we feel we have identified a particularly effective solution” Michael Taranto reveals. “If patients have found plantar warts highly resistant in the past, we urge them to explore this option. They might be like Kylee and avoid surgery altogether”.