What does a Verruca look like?
Verruca (Plantar Warts) are caused by infection with a virus known as the human papilloma virus (HPV). HPV causes keratin, a hard protein in the top layer of the skin (the epidermis) to grow too much. This produces the rough, hard texture of a wart.
Verruca can be described as a small cauliflower shaped abnormality on the sole of the foot and often has small black dots on the surface (petechia). They can appear as one or in clusters & are highly contagious. They can be picked up by direct contact with an area or object that the virus has contaminated, such as, in communal areas like swimming pools or shoes.
People of all ages can develop verruca’s. However, they are very common in young people as they have not yet developed an immunity against the infection.
How is it treated?
In our clinics, we treat verruca’s using salicylic acid. The acid used is a medical grade and cannot be bought over the counter. The amount of treatments needed will vary from person to person as there are many factors to consider such as the age of the client, how aggressive the verruca is & the location of the verruca. The clients own immune system will also affect how soon the treatment will clear the verruca.
What should I do if I think I have a Verruca?
Firstly, and most importantly get it diagnosed by a professional. Many of our clients mistake a verruca for a corn and had been wasting time and money treating the wrong problem with the wrong medication. All our staff are fully trained podiatrists and are qualified experts in all types of verruca. You can relax in the knowledge that you will be in safe hands in our clinic.