Verrucae are plantar ‘warts’ that commonly occur on the soles of the feet or around the toe area. Verrucae can occur pretty much anywhere on the foot and are often mistaken for corns. They are caused by the Human Papilloma Virus (HPV) which is highly contagious through direct person to person contact.
In the first instance, avoid touching or scratching it as it may spread. In many cases, evidence suggests that verrucae will disappear of their own accord within six months for children but longer for adults (up to two years or more). This is because the body’s immune system recognises the presence of the virus and fights the infection naturally but it can take many months for this to happen.
If you are worried about your verrucae and/or self-treatment is not working and/or the verrucae appears to be getting larger or more painful, please visit one of our clinics. Additionally, if you have diabetes, poor circulation, are pregnant or any other condition affecting your feet (or your immune system), it is important if you have any concerns to visit one of our clinics so that the podiatrist can assess the verrucae and recommend a suitable treatment plan.
There are a few treatment plans available depending on the location, size and severity of pain of the verrucae. All treatments will depend on a full assessment of your general health and well-being
Treatments include removal of tissue and use of caustics (acids) through to needling of more painful lesions.