Foot Steps Podiatry Service
A verruca is a plantar wart causes by the Human Papillomavirus. Although most verrucae are painless, when located on a weight bearing surface they can cause discomfort. Verrucae are contagious and therefore easy to catch and spread if walking barefoot. It is therefore advisable to keep a verruca covered. There is no guaranteed treatment for a verruca. The aim of any treatment is to elicit an inflammatory response which triggers the immune system to send white blood cells to the area. Once your immune system locates the virus it creates antibodies to remove the verrucae. However, because the verruca occupies the upper (epidermal) layers of the skin it is difficult for those immunological cells to locate the virus.
There are many treatment options available from acid based treatments to cryotherapy and verruca needling. You will be fully assessed during your appointment and the appropriate treatment options explained in more depth to enable you to make an informed decision about the treatment most suitable for you.