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Verruca Treatment

Verrucae are warts, specifically known as the Plantar Wart, on your feet. They are flatter than most warts due to the pressure implemented on them when we walk. They are a common foot issue and usually appear as small lumps caused by a virus. Whilst they are mostly harmless, they may be unsightly, which is why most people seek advice and treatment.

They may have tiny, black dots in the center – these are where blood has clotted in tiny blood vessels on the surface of the skin. Verrucae can be painful if they press on a sensitive part of the foot. The size of these specific warts can vary. One or two may be apparent but other times, several can occur in the same area of skin. A cluster of verrucae is called Mosaic Warts.

What are the symptoms?

Whilst you may worry about the appearance of your verruca, they do not usually cause any symptoms. The main indication of a verruca occurring is a small, rough lump on the skin. You may find them uncomfortable or painful if they are on a particular part of the foot, or near your nail beds. Sometimes these common warts may crack or bleed.

Causes:

Warts are caused by certain strains of the Human Papilloma Virus (HPV). They are known to spread easily through skin contact and touching infected surfaces, usually by sharing objects such as towels, socks, shoes, baths, and community showers with infected persons.

Who’s at risk?

Some individuals are more at risk than others of getting verruca’s. Those who have low immunity, or taking immunity suppressing medications after a transplant, are at risk of a verruca. Many people contract a verruca after a kidney transplant. However, most people develop these warts at some time in their lives, usually before the age of 20. People with diabetes are at risk and have difficulty in preventing a recurrence after cure.

As mentioned, verruca’s are mostly harmless but if left untreated, they may continue to grow and spread as well as cause further discomfort and pain.

Treatment:

Depending on the location, duration, and a person’s day to day activities, we aim to work with you to decide the best treatment for you. Most verruca’s tend to disappear themselves, however it is important to note that they are stubborn foot complaints and treatment does not always work, but it is always worth giving it a go if you are unhappy with their presence. We offer a variation of treatment methods to resolve/reduce the symptoms.

This includes the application of Salicylic Acid or Monochloroacetic Acid. Alternatively, we also offer Cyrotherapy, also known as ‘freezing’ or Surgical needling. Alongside these, we would recommend frequent podiatry care to monitor the upkeep and appearance of the condition. All verucca treatment is part of a course of treatment and not a one off.

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