What is Verruca (Plantar Wart)?

A verruca, also known as a plantar wart, is a common viral infection affecting the superficial layer of the skin, typically found on the soles of the feet or around the toe area. These warts vary in size and number and can occur anywhere on the foot. They often cause discomfort and pain, especially if they develop on weight-bearing parts of the foot.

Characteristic features of verrucae include their well-defined, circumscribed appearance, and the presence of small black dots, which are actually blood vessels pushed towards the surface of the skin.

Closeup of dead skin around wart plantar after cauterizing it with celandine on infected foot. Hygiene, human skin disease, papillomavirus or HPV concept. Self-medication.
What Causes Verruca’s?

Verrucas, or plantar warts, are caused by infection with the human papillomavirus (HPV). This virus leads to the overgrowth of keratin, a hard protein found in the top layer of the skin (the epidermis). Verrucas commonly occur on the soles of the feet or around the toe area. They thrive in moist environments such as changing room floors and swimming pools.

What are the Treatment Options for Verruca’s?

Treatment options for verrucas (plantar warts) include both non-surgical and surgical approaches:

Non-Surgical Treatment Options:

  1. Topical applications: Various medications can be applied directly to the verruca to help eliminate it.
  2. Freezing (cryotherapy): Liquid nitrogen is applied to freeze and destroy the verruca tissue.
  3. Verruca needling: The verruca is punctured with a needle to cause bleeding, stimulating the body’s immune response to eliminate the wart.

Surgical Treatment Options:

  1. Electrosurgery: Surgical excision of the verruca tissue using an electric current, minimizing scarring.
  2. Surgical removal: In cases of extreme pain or functional impairment, surgical removal of the verruca may be necessary.

Consulting with a healthcare professional can help determine the most suitable treatment option based on the severity of the verruca and individual preferences.

Mr Barlow-Kearsley can provide personalized advice and treatment recommendations tailored to your needs. If you’re experiencing discomfort or embarrassment due to a verruca, consider scheduling an appointment for evaluation and treatment.