What is it and what are the symptoms?
A verruca is a plantar wart caused by the human papilloma virus (HPV). There are over 60 different strains of HPV. HPV invades the skin through small cuts or abrasions on its surface. Verrucae are slightly raised and circular in shape, with a thickened rim of surrounding skin. Verrucae can sometimes be confused with a corn. The main differences are:
- The surface of a verruca may have black dots likened to a pepper-pot appearance, (These are the blood supply).
- Verrucae can present in a mosaic fashion across the plantar (bottom) surface of the foot.
- Verrucae will causes changes in the skin pigment with striations broken. Corns do not have changes to the pigment.
- Verrucae may or may not cause pain depending on the location on the foot. Those in weight bearing areas are likely to be more painful. Corns are painful on direct touch.Verrucae will hurt when pinched
What causes them?
Verrucas are highly contagious and are spread by contact from person to person or indirectly via surface contact in warm, wet conditions such as swimming pools, communal showers or changing rooms. Verrucae can be difficult to treat and in some instances will go of their own accord. Patient compliance with the treatment is required to ensure a higher success rate.
What is the treatment?
Sheridan Foot Health will undertake a consultation and a treatment plan will be devised to suit your individual needs and requirements. A variety of medicaments are available for use and there is no single 100% effective treatment available. The aims of treatment are to remove the wart with no recurrence and to induce life- long immunity. Regular treatment application is required by both the patient and the practitioner. These can resolve spontaneously or may take several months or years. The immune system plays an important part in the process
Assessment and treatment
Contact the team on 02392 388149 or 07795 522700 for a consultation and treatment.