Curretage is a soft tissue surgical procedure that involves local anesthetic, and the scooping out of the affected area. The procedure has fair to good efficacy, and no home care is required.
Plantar warts appear on the bottom of the foot or toes. They tend to be flat and hard, and can be quite painful. Plantar warts are often mistaken for corns or calluses, however, warts are caused by a virus (HPV). If you look closely at a wart, you may see pinpoint black dots.
Warts are often contracted in warm, moist environments, such as pools and locker rooms. In some instances, they spontaneously go away, and sometimes it can take years. Warts can also spontaneously come back. If left untreated, they can spread or form clusters. It is best to treat them as soon as you spot them.
FAQs for Wart Surgery
Q: Is wart surgery painful?
A: The chiropodist uses a local anesthetic to numb the area, and does not proceed until completely sure that the area around the wart is numb. You should not feel anything during the procedure itself. The only pain that you would feel would be during the initial anesthetic injection. Keep in mind that we use the smallest needle available to minimize any pain during the injection.
Q: Will my foot be in pain after the wart surgery?
A: This will affect each person differently. Generally, after the local anesthetic wears off, the surgical area will be tender for 1-2 weeks. Over-the-counter Advil or Tylenol is typically all you would need.
Q: Will I be able to do every day, normal activities right after wart surgery? Will I have to take time off of work?
A: We recommend that you take it easy for the first week, but it doesn't prevent
you from doing everyday activities. You should be able to return to work/school the next day.
Q: How long does it take to completely heal after wart surgery?
A: Most patients heal completely in about 3-4 weeks, but this is different for everyone. The chiropodist will bring you back a few days after the procedure to check on your foot and clean up the area, and then as needed to ensure that you are healing well.
Q: Can you perform wart surgery on children?
A: Yes, the procedure can be performed on kids, but we start with more conservative treatment options first.
Q: Will the wart(s) ever come back?
A: There is a chance that the wart(s) may come back since it is a virus. If you are exposed to the virus again, you may get reinfected. The chiropodist will educate you as to how to prevent reinfection.
Q: How do I care for my foot after wart surgery?
A: Your foot will be dressed after your surgery which you will keep on for a few days after which you will come back to the clinic for a follow-up appointment for redressing, and be given a post-surgical kit that includes an antibiotic, bandages, and gauze for you to redress at home.
Q: How much does it cost for wart surgery?
A: We offer wart surgery as a case fee (includes the procedure and all follow-up visits). For pricing, please call our office at 416-203-8563, or via email.
Other Wart Treatment Options
InStep offers a variety of treatment options for plantar wart(s) removal. We will recommend a treatment option best for you depending on the size, amount, and placement of warts, your pain tolerance, and your schedule. Click here to find out about other wart treatment options available at InStep Foot Clinic.
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Did you know?
Warts are contagious. You can contract warts by going barefoot in public places such as pools, gyms, and can spread them at home.
Wart or Callus/Corn?
A wart is a virus and a callus is thickened skin. A wart usually has little black dots in the center whereas corns do not.
Freezing and OTC medication for warts
In our experience, warts need a more aggressive treatment than freezing or over-the-counter medications in order kills the virus. InStep Foot Clinic offers a variety of wart treatments that have very good results.