Common Conditions

What are verrucae?

Verrucae are small viruses that occur on the feet. They are the same as warts on any other part of the body but on the feet they are called Verrucae Pedis. Verrucae are very common which occur frequently in children and people with a lowered immune system.

They are usually pain free and in general podiatrists only recommend treatments when they become painful or an issue. They often look like small cauliflower lumps on the feet and can also contain small black dots in the middle which are capillaries. Verrucae’s can appear as single verrucae or can be multiple viruses covering large surface areas. Verrucae are caused by different strains of the human papilloma virus (HPV) and like any virus, it needs your immune system to see it and then respond to it, in order to resolve the verrucae.

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What should I do if I think I have Verrucae?

If you have explored home treatments and read a little on the internet about Duct tape, Banana skins and Cider Vinegar and found that none of it worked but you are still concerned or the verrucae is still painful then you should contact south west podiatry.

How can our team help you?

It is important to diagnose your problem and be reviewed by a HcPC registered Podiatrist or Chiropodist. During your initial consultation your podiatrist will assess your feet and discuss your treatment options.

Treatment may consist of:

  • Cryotherapy (Freezing of verrucae)
  • Verrucae Needling (Minor surgical procedure)
  • Curettage (Surgical debridement)
  • Salacylic acid

*Please note: with or without treatment verrucae should disappear within 2 years. Many strains of verrucae can last significantly longer and can also spread.