What is a verruca?
Verruca (or verrucae if there are more than one), is the term given to describe a wart on the foot. It is the same as a wart elsewhere on the body but when it is found on the foot, we use the term verruca. There are about 200 different subtypes of wart but we mainly see 3 on the foot.
Verruca can present as a singular lesion or as multiple lesions often in a mosaic pattern.
The virus can be found everywhere, but when there is a break in the skin, the virus can enter your body and present as a verruca. Research shows that the virus normally lies dormant for up to 9 months before it develops into the skin lesion you see before you. In most cases they aren’t painful, but if a lot of callus builds up over the top or it is situated on a high-pressure area then they can become painful.
Do I have a weak immune system?
No, latest research suggests in most cases the body isn’t aware of the verruca because of where it develops. So, in essence your body doesn’t know it’s there!
Are they contagious?
Yes – they are but you need a break in the surface of the skin to allow the virus to enter your body. This can be non-slip tiles at the swimming pool or even walking barefoot on hard flooring at home can cause minor abrasions to the surface of the skin which allows the virus in. For this reason, the risk of you “catching” them from another member of your family is low. You would first need a break in the surface of the skin as described above, along with skin to skin contact to allow the transfer of the virus.
Research shows that the virus normally lies dormant for up to 9 months before it develops into the skin lesion you see before you.
What can I do to get rid of them?
The first thing to remember is that all verrucae will go on their own eventually. We aren’t sure why but research has shown there is a ‘lifespan’ of all verrucae, although this is different in every case and unfortunately there is no way to look at a verruca and establish its duration!
Some verrucae will go on their own in a matter of weeks (usually in children) and in some cases it can take decades!
NICE guidelines, set by the government, suggest as all verrucae will go on their own at some point, that you leave them alone unless they are upsetting you or painful. However, many people simply give up waiting for this miraculous resolution and visit us to get rid of it!
There are many different treatments available including topical agents available over the counter, topical agents from a podiatrist, freezing or cryotherapy, Needling or microwave treatment. At West Berkshire foot Clinic; we are led by research and thus only offer treatments with the best outcome for the patient.
What we offer:
Treatment options will be discussed at your assessment appointment, outlining the success rates, process of the treatment, disadvantages and advantages. In most cases treatment can begin at this assessment appointment.
How can I prevent getting verrucae?
- Wear flip flops or similar around swimming pools and the house (or whenever you are exposed to hard flooring).
- Keep your skin supple and avoid dry rough skin by creaming them regularly with a good foot cream.
- Try and avoid sharing towels
- Try not to pick the verruca or bite nails which have warts on them as you are more likely to spread the virus.
- There is no evidence covering your verruca to swim prevents others getting it.
Conditions and Treatments
At West Berkshire Foot Clinic, we investigate the cause of the problem from which you are suffering – and then we treat it, using the latest in research-led treatments that provide the best success rates available.
Total Health West Berkshire is set in the picturesque surroundings of West Berkshire, near to local bus routes for Thatcham and Newbury….
If you would like to book an appointment of wish to discuss this treatment further please contact us.