Now that the winter weather has definitely arrived, we have noticed a lot more cases of verrucae in our clinics.
Verrucae are warts that commonly occur on the feet and around the toes. They are caused by the Human Papilloma Virus (HPV), which thrives in moist environments. Verrucae are benign lesions that are not serious, however they can become painful with direct pressure or squeezing. HPV can be transmitted easily through person-to-person contact and can remain on surfaces to be picked up by unsuspecting persons. Barefoot use in communal swimming pools, changing rooms and showers can result in HPV infection if someone with a verruca has recently walked across the same floor.
Children, teenagers and young adults who have not developed an immunity to HPV are the most commonly affected by verrucae. Self-treating a verruca is discouraged as this can lead to further complications.
If you have a verruca or are concerned about pain to your foot/toe, you should see a podiatrist. There are a range of different treatments that have varied suitability for different patients.