Most of us have experienced verrucas at some point in our lives. So if you have the same problem, you’re certainly not alone! Verrucae are a type of wart that develop on the soles of the feet. Like all warts, they’re caused by a virus that enters the skin through perforations in the skin, such as tiny cuts or scratches. From these, the virus can spread quickly and easily.
Verrucae often have a different appearance than other warts. This is because their appearance changes based on the pressure and weight placed on them – remember, these are present on the soles of the feet, so they’re bound to feel the pressure when you walk or stand. The pressure pushes them into the skin, and this also causes them to become quite painful. Verrucae are harmless but can linger for a long time if they are left untreated.
Verruca and wart removal is easy if you follow these simple steps.
How to identify a verruca
If you think you may have a verruca on your foot, do check for:
- Small, lumpy growths on the soles of your feet. These growths often have one or more tiny black dots inside them.
- Lumps on the ball of the foot, or the bottoms of the toes, or on the heel where the foot feels the most pressure.
- Pain in the soles of your feet when you stand or walk, or when you touch the area with your fingers.
Treating a verruca
Although some verrucae heal themselves over a period of time, they can be painful, inconvenient and pose a risk of infection to others. This is why you must treat them as soon as possible.
Try a recommended Verruca and Wart Remover, which works by rapidly freezing the area so that a blister forms over the top. Within 10 to 14 days, the verruca will shed naturally and new skin tissue will replace it. Soon, the site will look as good as new.
How can I prevent verrucae or stop them spreading?
Verrucae are caused by a contagious virus, but there are ways you can protect yourself from picking them up and also passing them on to others. The most common surfaces to catch a verruca infection from are wet floors (such as those in swimming pools, gym showers and public bathrooms) where people are more likely to walk barefoot.
- Avoid direct contact with verrucae and warts both your own and others’ skin.
- Avoid scratching or touching the verruca as this can cause the virus to spread.
- Cover the verruca to prevent shedding the virus-infected skin cells on surfaces of common use, so that others don’t get infected.
- Ensure any cuts, scratches or damaged skin is covered with medicated cotton or a bandage, to ensure the virus doesn’t spread to others.
- Dispose of the verruca skin tissue carefully. This includes emery boards and bandages that have been in contact with the verruca.
- Using a light disposable insole in your footwear is recommended until the verruca has fully healed.
- Wash your feet thoroughly if you’ve been in an area where the virus can spread, and keep your feet clean and dry after washing.
If you’re using a public swimming pool or shower, wear waterproof shoes or flip-flops to protect your feet. If you have developed a verruca, ensure that you wear rubber socks to stop the virus spreading.
If someone at home has a verruca, use the same precautions in your own bathroom. Remember not to share towels, flannels, shoes or socks with anyone who has a verruca.