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A Verruca is a small lump of hard skin, also known as a plantar wart, that grows on the sole of the foot. Verrucae typically appear as a small black dot beneath the surface of the skin with hard skin growing on top. They can be painful, especially when standing; the sensation is often compared to walking on a needle.
Verrucae are quite common and most people will experience one at some point in their life. They are caused by a virus that spreads via skin contact or contaminated surfaces. We have written more detailed information on Verrucae in the past.
Verruca will normally resolve of their own accord. However, this can take months and ⅓ of warts are still present even after 2 years. The pain and discomfort often leads people to seek treatment and remove the verrucae quickly.
You can obtain over-the-counter treatments from your pharmacy, which tend to involve gels or ointments that contain Salicylic Acid. These home treatments can be helped along with other simple measures, such as:
In addition to these conservative measures, there are several more specialised treatments that can be accessed via your GP or a podiatrist. These include:
It should first be understood that there is no 100% treatment for verrucae. Salicylic acid and Cryotherapy are two of the most common treatments, and statistically these are both equally effective. Where one treatment method fails, another will be tried to improve the chances of success.
There are also several other factors that may have a bearing on the recommended treatment in a particular case. For example:
Due to the above there is no easy answer to ‘What is the best treatment for a Verruca?’. Your specialist will take the whole picture into account and advise on treatment for you. This will usually be a staged approach:
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Thoughts and advice on foot health care from the Podogo team.