A verruca is a very common problem but is simple and quick to solve.

A verruca is simply a wart, which is found on the soles of the feet and around the toes.

In its early stages a verruca can appear as:

  • Small, dark dots, which later change to grey or brown and is surrounded by hard skin.
  • It can become rough and bumpy showing cluster appearance and can develop black spots, which are actually blood vessels feeding the verruca.
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Why A Verruca Occurs
Verrucae are caused by a human papilloma virus (HPV). It is contagious and can only be caught by direct contact. It thrives in moist, warm and damp environments caused by coming into contact with the virus whilst walking around barefoot in public places such as, swimming baths, changing rooms, shower rooms and various others. Having small, invisible cuts or grazes in the skin can make it easier for the virus to penetrate through.

Verrucae are common in children and teenagers but it also depends on how vulnerable you are to the virus.

Verrucae tend to be harmless but if a lot of pressure is applied to the effected area, for instance when walking, the verruca can emit sharp, burning pain making it uncomfortable.

Verrucae can appear in many forms such as:

  • A small patch of raised, hardened skin, with a cluster looking appearance that is usually circular in shape.
  • Black dots visible in the centre of the verruca that can bleed very easily if dead skin around the verruca is removed.
  • You may have one large verruca that appeared first, followed by more smaller verrucae.
  • Verrucae are only painful if they are present on weightbearing areas of the feet such as the base of your foot.

How To Treat A Verruca

Early Stages
A verruca can be treated by yourself by washing and drying your feet thoroughly, to prevent damp feet occurring and covering up any cuts or scratches. It is ideal to stop walking barefoot in communal showers and changing rooms, wearing flip flops is advisable. If you do go swimming and you have a verruca, you must wear a verruca sock to prevent anyone else from catching the virus or you can wear the verruca socks as a preventive measure.

If a verruca appears, do not touch it as this can cause it to spread, covering it up with a plaster is a good measure to take. You can also remove the callus with a pumice stone.

If you have diabetes or circulation problems do not self treat it with any products containing salicylic acid, such as Verrugon. If you are fit and healthy then you can buy the gels and ointments yourself over the counter, but it is still advisable to ask the pharmacist for assistance regarding the verruca or better still contact your podiatrist.

A quick overview on how do we treat the verruca at our clinic….

  1. We gently debride any dead skin that may be covering the wart.
  2. We will then apply Salicylic Acid or Marigold dressing weekly until the wart is removed.
  3. Once the wart is removed we finish off the treatment with an Antiviral Marigold oil and tincture application to ensure all traces of the verruca has disappeared.

Please note that full instructions will be provided when you attend the clinic

Ongoing Problems
If at anytime the verruca still persists and the surrounding skin becomes red, stop the ointment or gel immediately and make an appointment with a podiatrist.

Further Information
If your verruca is causing you pain then making an appointment to see the podiatrist is important. They can offer you treatments but no one treatment is a guarantee cure.

Podiatrist Consultation
For further assistance regarding your verruca, please telephone on (02) 164 4958. Alternatively, use the form below.

Medical Terms
Verruca Plana “Flat Wart”
Verruca Vulgaris “Wart”
Verruca Plantaris “Wart”