Treatment for Verrucas

Verrucas is the common name for a condition called plantar warts and occur around the soles of the feet or on the toes. They can be unpleasant and painful as well as causing an unsightly lumps on the feet.   Seeking help from a podiatrist can be a good idea to deal with the condition.

What is a verruca?

Verrucas are caused by Human Papilloma Virus (HPV), which cause problems in different areas of the body in different forms. It is also contagious and can pass from one person to another. The virus thrives in moist and damp conditions such as swimming pools and communal shower areas and when someone steps on the floor where the virus lurks, they can contract verrucas. This process is made even easier if you have any little cuts or abrasions on the foot.

Children are the most likely to suffer with verrucas due to their use of school and public swimming baths as well as communal changing rooms but anyone can contract them.   They are harmless but can be uncomfortable and calluses are form over them, adding to the discomfort.

Spotting a verruca

You can spot a verruca by a small growth that looks a bit like a cauliflower on the sole of your foot with little black dots in the area. if you squeeze the lump and it hurts, then it is definitely a verruca.   They can appear in small clusters and up to around half an inch in size.

There are a number of ways that a podiatrist can treat verrucas that prevents them from spreading to other parts of the foot or to others. Many involve using simple treatments while more serious problems may require specialists treatment methods. Most recommend that if you use an over the counter treatment and the verrucas don’t go away, then you should definitely speak to an expert.

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We are a local Cheltenham podiatrist’s clinic which has served the local area for many years. From the treatment of cracked heels, foot injuries, corns, athletes foot, ingrowing toe nails, verrucas and painful feet to dealing with posture correction, orthotics and sports injuries. If you need an experienced, qualified foot doctor then we can help.Book an initial consultation today on 01242 514 103 or click the button below to send us an email.