Verrucas are plantar warts, i.e. they’re the warts that develop on the sole of the foot. They are harmless but if left untreated can be painful, and can be spread easily. For this reason if you think you have one it is best to arrange a consult with a podiatrist immediately.
What causes foot verrucas?
Verrucas are caused by the Human Papilloma Virus (HPV). This virus is highly contagious through direct contact. However, there are various types of HPV related to different parts of body they involve.
The HPV is considered to thrive in damp and moist environments such as showers, swimming pools, etc. Thus the person can get in contact with it while walking on the floor contaminated with the virus through another person having verrucas, specially if there is any injury on the foot, allowing the virus to penetrate easily.
Treatment of Verrucas
If you’ve developed a foot verrucae, avoid scratching or touching it to avoid clustering and spreading it. Until treated it is recommended to keep it covered to avoid spreading it to others.
Verrucae usually disappear on their own in six months (for children) but may take 2 years +(for adults). Our immunity fights trys to fight the virus and gets rid of it.
Treatment is recommended to speed up the healing and to stop the spread.
You should consult a podiatrist to discuss your condition to advise you on the best treatment for your specific condition.
Certain treatment options commonly include:
- Acid based treatments
- Cryotherapy (freezing the verruca with nitrous oxide gas or liquid nitrogen)
- Surgical excision of the verrucas
- Laser surgery, specially used for larger areas of verrucae
The treatment of painful and spreading foot verruca’s require expert opinion and skills. Certain treatment options can be harmful if not done correctly. Therefore consult a podiatrist if you’re experiencing verrucae to get it managed best.