Verruca

Definition

Verruca are plantar warts usually found on pressure areas of the feet.

Cause

  • Verruca are caused by the human Papillomavirus (HPV) types 1,2,4
  • The HPV is highly contagious so it is possible to contract verruca in moist, damp environments like swimming pools, changing room floors, or communal shower areas, especially if there are any breaks in the skin which makes it easier for the virus to enter

Signs and Symptoms

  • Verruca can be similar in appearance to corns as there tends to be a build up of callus over the lesion which can cause pain or discomfort
  • Verruca usually have a more cauliflower look to them and are paler in colour
  • There is usually a black dot seen within them

Treatments

Much evidence suggests that verruca's will disappear on their own over time


There are many treatments available from the pharmacy to treat verruca, however, care should be taken using these and instructions for use followed carefully

When to see a Podiatrist

If you are unsure whether or not you have a verruca it is best to see a Podiatrist to confirm diagnosis and advise as appropriate.