Treatment and Prevention of Verrucae

A painful or unsightly verruca, or simply verrucae that are spreading will require treatment. General treatments can be purchased over the counter at your local pharmacy for home use,

Specialist, often more effective treatment, is offered by our Podiatrists and Foot Health Professionals at We Fix Feet. Options available in-clinic include:

  • Swift Verruca Treatment – highly effective with little or no downtime or pain after each treatment. Ideal for busy people who have attempted other treatments to rid themselves of persistent verrucae.
  • Plasma Verruca Treatment – relatively painless treatment, destroying the verruca using thermal energy.  Suitable for children and adults.
  • Verrutop – particularly suitable for children, a fast, painless treatment, it is 90% effective on those who have between 3 and 6 treatment sessions.
  • Cryotherapy Verucca Treatment – freezing the wart to -89°C.

Book a consultation to discuss which treatment is best for your verruca.

What is a Verruca?

Verrucae (Plantar Warts) are found on the feet, but can be found on the hands too (Warts). They are small viral lesions, rough lumps or
growths, caused by the Human Papilloma Virus (HPV). The virus thrives in wet or damp environments and can be easily spread through direct
person-to-person contact.

Symptoms of a Verruca

  • They often (but not always) have visible black dots in the centre (blood capillaries)
  • They can be painful because when standing, the weight of your body can force them to grow back into the skin
  • Verrucae vary in size and depth
  • Can be single or a cluster if close together (mosaic verruca)
  • Can cause skin/callous to build-up
  • A source of embarrassment
  • May have an impact on your daily life

How to help prevent Verrucae

  • Avoid walking barefoot in communal showers or changing rooms and don’t share towels or bath-mats.
  • Avoid touching or scratching the area as it is likely to cause further spread.

A compromised immune system may increase the risk of viral lesions such as verrucae and warts. Stress, pregnancy, puberty, and illness are all factors that could increase the risk of viral infection of the HPV virus.

What causes Verrucae?

Verrucae are caused by the Human Papilloma Virus (HPV), which is contagious through direct contact. It thrives in warm, moist environments such as swimming pools, communal changing rooms, floors and bathrooms. It is possible to contract a verruca simply by walking across the same floor area as someone who has a verruca. The general information provided here does not constitute medical advice. You should consult with a suitably qualified foot health care clinician.

  • Highly contagious and spread through person-to-person contact
  • Spread when the skin is scuffed, broken, soft or wet
  • Common in children and gym-goers
  • Can spread to other parts of the body

Please contact your nearest We Fix Feet clinic at Beeston or Ilkeston to book your consultation.