Diode Podiatry Laser - Treatment for Viral Infection / Plantar
Warts / Solitary Warts / Mosaic Warts
Warts are a painful, highly contagious and often difficult to
manage skin infections that are regularly seen on the feet of
patients of all ages and walks of life.
They are often referred to as verruca, plantar warts and papillomas
and are frequently mistaken for other conditions such as corns or
calluses which are caused by friction and not an infection. Warts
are caused by a viral infection from the Human Papilloma Virus
(HPV). Science knows of approximately 120 different types of HPV
but only nine are known to infect the skin of the human foot.
Warts appear on the foot in two major variations, singular and
mosaic, this being determined by the type of HPV that has infected
the skin cells. It is accepted that small breaks in the skin’s
outer layer (epidermis), usually caused by micro-trauma, allow the
virus to invade the cell nucleus of those cells that make our skin
and effectively hijack their DNA. These cells then stop producing
normal skin and make what we see as “wart tissue”.
Both forms of warts are painful, both forms spread and both forms
are contagious. Singular warts however tend to more painful when
they override weight-bearing areas on the sole of the foot.
Children, especially teenagers, tend to be more susceptible to
warts than adults whilst some people seem to be immune to the
virus. It is thought that a combination of softer skin that breaks
more easily combined with children’s greater exposure to places
where this type of virus will spread such as swimming pools, locker
rooms, school camps and shared showering facilities make this so.
Singular plantar warts are usually an orderly shape, circular or
ovoid, with a well demarcated edge whilst the mosaic variety vary
dramatically depending on the number of separate warts that exist
inside the conglomerate. It is not unusual for a mosaic wart to
have 150-200 separate warts within its boundary. Skin lines will
always cease at the edge of a wart and it is common for small black
pinpoints to appear in the central mass of the wart, these
represent strangled or thrombosed capillaries and not the roots of
the wart. Singular plantar warts always produce pain when subjected
to lateral or “side-side” finger pressure, unlike corns which are
more irritated with direct pressure.
Warts of all varieties are too often left untreated. A single wart
can grow to a size of 15-20 mm or more in a relatively short period
time. The most common reasons for this are a combination of
misdiagnosis and poor management.
Laser Treatment for Warts
Warts are managed numerous different ways and no one treatment has
the answers to all cases. Recently there has been a significant
scientific breakthrough in the treatment of warts - Laser for the
safe and effective treatment of warts.
How does the Laser work?
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.
Whilst treatment of larger or multiple warts can be moderately
painful, local anaesthesia can be employed to provide a pain free
Solitary Warts Treatment
The PERALAS laser is commonly used as a final step in procedure, to
accurately burn remaining tissue/ leftover infected cells; the
laser intense power is able to vaporize viruses and destroy
The PERALAS laser advantage is that it doesn’t cause extensive
tissue damage, it’s precision optical hand pieces are designed to
target only very small areas and allow for superior precision and
minimal tissue damage (as well as faster healing).
Mosaic Warts Treatment
Coagulation is a non-ablative treatment, achieved by applying
focused laser radiation, which dry the wart by coagulating its
capillaries; laser radiation eradicate the Papilloma virus, since
laser radiation causes intense heat at a sub dermis level.The dried tissue will separate from the healthy tissue underneath
and fall off during the following days. In some cases blistering
may appear, which promote the healing process.
|Laser Type||GaAlAs Diode Laser|
|Maximum Power||9W/ 15W/ 20W|
|Operation Mode||CW, Single Or Repeat Pulse|
|Pulse Duration||10us- 3s|
|Repetition Rate||0.2Hz- 50KHz|
|Pilot Beam||Red Diode Laser Of 650nm, Power<5mW|
|Control Mode||True Color Touch Screen|
|Transmission System||Medical Fibers 400nm With SMA905 Connector|