A verrucae or wart is a virus that enters the body through a small cut or break in the skin the virus then lives inside our bodies cells with our defence systems unaware of their presence. People often-think verrucae have roots and they be ‘cut out’ this is not true.

You tend to find them on the sole of the foot. Most common in children and young adults (due to communal activities e.g., sports, gym, swimming) and rare in the elderly.

Verrucae can often be confused with a corn as they can look similar and can both be very painful, making them difficult to diagnose.

How to treat verrucae

Up to now there is no guaranteed treatment for verrucae on the market. A lot can be successful for some but ineffective for others. If the verrucas were causing you no pain/discomfort my advice would be to leave it well alone It is a well-documented fact that verrucae will often disappear on their own within 2 years. Generally they seem to become worse and change colour then as if by magic disappear.

However Schools will often isolate children with verrucae on there feet from swimming and P.E making them feel embarrassed and humiliated. For this reason you may want to try some form of treatment.

Things that you can try:

  1. Paint the area with a clear nail varnish - this seals the area which can stop it spreading and also reduces the amount of oxygen the virus can receive
  2. Try to improve the skins quality – for very moist skin, apply surgical spirits daily to reduce sweating. For dry skin apply an emollient.
  3. Many over the counter treatments that contain an amount of salicylic acid can sometimes be effective. Follow the instructions on the packet.

If your verrucae becomes a real concern your may want to consult your Chiropodist/Podiatrist for diagnosis and advice on treatment.