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Verrucae are warts on the foot and are caused by a virus. When present under the foot they can be very painful to walk on, particularly if under high pressure areas. The virus itself does not cause pain, but the hard skin it develops does.
Verrucae are contagious and spread to others via contaminated surfaces or skin contact. When skin is wet, pores open up, allowing easier access for the virus to enter the skin. This is also true when the skin is damaged. Consider this when walking barefoot in wet environments.
With the Summer almost upon us, and with barefoot or swimming activities increasing at this time of year, Verrucae should be something to watch out for.
Due to the nature of viruses, there is no 100% guaranteed treatment, but treatments are divided into two main types:
To reduce your chances of contracting a verruca, try:
If you have a verruca:
Remember, if left alone verrucae usually disappear with time, but they can spread or get bigger. Try not to contract or pass one on. If you have one, keep a layer of salicylic acid on it – this helps to destroy it and keep a barrier over it.
Please get in touch if you would like to discuss verrucae treatments or any other foot complaints.
T. – 0207 412 8882
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A. – 27 Harley Street, London, W1G 9QP
Written by Steven Thomas – Podiatrist, on behalf of Podogo
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Thoughts and advice on foot health care from the Podogo team.