Verrucae are plantar warts that commonly occur on
the soles of the feet or around the toe area. They are caused by the Human
Papilloma Virus (HPV), which is contagious through direct person-to-person
contact. Verrucae are harmless but can be uncomfortable and painful if they
develop on a weight bearing part of the foot.
The HPV virus is thought to thrive in moist, damp
environments such as swimming pools, changing room floors and communal shower
areas. It is possible to contract verrucae simply by walking across the same
floor area as someone with a verruca, especially if you have any small or
invisible cuts or abrasions that make it easier for the virus to penetrate.
Verrucae are most commonly seen in children,
teenagers and young adults - largely those who use communal changing rooms. The
most common appearance is that of a small cauliflower-type growth on the soles
of your feet with tiny black dots. If it is painful when you pinch the area
(like when you squeeze a spot), you are likely to have a verruca. They can grow
to 1cm in diameter and may spread into a cluster of small warts.
At the clinic we will assess your general
well-being and foot health before deciding on a treatment plan for you.