Discovering a verruca (Verruca Pedis) on your feet can be alarming, however, it is extremely common and most people will get a verruca at some point during their lifetime.
Recognising a verruca
Verruca’s are recognisable by their raised appearance, looking much like a rosebud on the top of your skin. Verruca’s (commonly known as a wart) are typically found on the bottom (plantar) of your feet and can be identified by distinctive black marks in the middle.
How did I get one?
Verruca’s do not spread easily, they are caused by a virus (Human Papilloma Virus – HPV). They may be spread to other people by contaminated objects or surfaces i.e. changing rooms or swimming pool) or through close skin contact.
If you have verruca(s) , it is important when swimming it is important to wear a swim sock and use flip flops in the changing room.
You’re more likely to get infected if your skin is wet or damaged. After becoming infected, it can take weeks or even months for a wart or verruca to appear (NHS).
As with most common ailments, there are many different treatments for verruca’s, although many cases can clear up without any treatment whatsoever.
Your Foot Health Professional is able to offer various medicament’s ranging from anti-viral to a medicament with Salicylic Acid or Silver Nitrate. The treatment plan will include how to apply the medicament of choice and frequency and how to protect you in public places and in the home.
For more information go to the NHS website here (last accessed 10th January 2017)