What is Verrucae?

Verrucae, also known as plantar warts, are common, benign, skin lesions that are caused by Human papillomavirus (HPV) infection. They may commonly appear on the bottom of feet or around the toes. Plantar warts vary in size and shape but most commonly appear like a cauliflower growth with minute black dots. Warts may appear in a solitary fashion or in clusters.  Callused skin may grow over the warts, intensifying pain for lesions on weightbearing surfaces. These lesions are especially painful when squeezed.

The virus responsible for verrucae is thought to thrive in damp, moist settings. People may contract verrucae by walking barefoot in communal areas with warm, moist environments such as gym showers, changing rooms, or swimming pools.  There are different strains of the virus and some may develop at varying speeds.  Warts may resolve or appear spontaneously, recurring at the same or different areas. A contributing factor to the appearance of verrucae is the state of a person’s immune system.

There are many treatments for plantar warts, consult your podiatrist to inquire about the best options for you.

Treatment may include:

  • Regular trimming of the callus overlying the lesion and then applying an acid-based treatment, such as salicylic acid.
  • Cryotherapy- freezing the lesion with liquid nitrogen
  • Needling- the extent of the verruca is pierced with a needle in an attempt to stimulate the body’s immune system
  • Excisional surgery
  • Laser surgery

Call your podiatrist today if you have questions or concerns about your plantar wart.

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